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Villagers torch rail coaches

Ire over withdrawal of halts


Station stormed after announcement of the withdrawal of the halt Generator bogie of another train burnt


— Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

MOB FURY: Three trains came under attack on the outskirts of Patna on Monday over the Railways’ decision to withdraw halts for various trains at Bihar’s Khusrupur station. The mob torched coaches, ransacked a station and uprooted rail lines falling under the Danapur division. Here, bogies of the Rajgir-Danapur passenger train are ablaze.

Patna: Angry villagers on Monday torched six rail bogies and a station near here, protesting against the cancellation of halts for a train. Thousands of villagers, perturbed at the withdrawal of halts for the Rajgir-New Delhi Shramjivi Express at Khusrupur, ransacked and torched the station and six bogies of two trains, and uprooted the track under the Danapur division, about 32 km. from here.

They stormed the station building, situated on the Patna-Rajgir section of the East Central Railway as soon as it was announced over the public address system that the halt for the Shramjivi Express was withdrawn, ECR chief public relations officer A.K. Chandra said.

The mob set fire to 3226 down Danapur-Jainagar Intercity Express and 543 Rajgir-Danapur passenger at Baikatpur village near the station, he said.

Four general chair car coaches and an air-conditioned chair car compartment of the Danapur-Jainagar Intercity Express were burnt, Mr. Chandra said.

The mob also set afire a generator bogie of the Rajgir-Danapur passenger, which arrived there shortly after the Intercity Express. —PTI

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