New Delhi, Oct 29: Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Wednesday, Oct 29 threatened to suspend train movement in states where rail passengers and properties are repeatedly attacked. "Railways are becoming soft target in many states these days. If railway properties and passengers continued to be attacked we may think of cancelling train operations in those areas," Prasad told mediapersons.
Lalu however said that he did not refer to any particular state. He also said that he had spoke to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chief Sonai Gandhi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and expressed serious concern over the incidents of attack on North Indians, specially the incident involving Dharam Dev, the youth hailing from Uttar Pradesh who was beaten to death by fellow commuters.
Union Railway Minister also announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the deceased youth's family. He said "PM have assured me that they would immediately take up the matter with Maharashtra government. Lalu urged for tough action against the culprits. He also asked the PM to ensure 'full security' to North Indians in Maharashtra during the Chhat festival.
Lalu also requested the Prime Minister to call an all party meet so that the stand of political parties on the issue becomes clear. He dubbed Deshmukh government 'weak'. He also criticised the government for not taking any action against MNS. He criticised Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray for allegedly publishing derogatory comments against him and the North Indians