Four years after the Jammu Tawi Express train was torched at the Jalandhar Cantt railway station during the post-Vienna riots,the train is finally being dismantled so that it could be removed from the tracks.
On May 25,2009,the train,consisting of 19 coaches,was burnt during a curfew in Jalandhar. Three coaches were set on fire right in front of the Jalandhar Police and Army. Gradually,the fire spread to the other coaches.
In November 2011,a local court in Ferozepur district had asked the administration to remove the train parked at the railway track facing national highway one but nothing was done till now. It was only in August this year that work to dismantle the train began.
A senior authority in the Railways said: If the same was done four years ago,it would have benefitted the Railways. It could have re-used it in some from… After it was burnt,Railways damaged it further by not taking it to a safer place and leaving in a state of neglect for years. The train had also turned into a den for thieves and drug addicts who were stealing its parts.
When contacted,Ferozepur Divisional Railway Manager Naresh Goel confirmed that after getting all NOCs,the train was currently being dismantled so that it could be removed from track.
The train was burnt during the violence that broken out in Jalandhar and across the state following attacks on Sant Niranjan Das head of Dera Sach Khand Ballan in Jalandhar and his deputy Sant Ramanand in Vienna (Austria) on May 24,2009. Ramanand had succumbed to his injuries on May 25,2009. After the news of his death,dera followers,after forced evacuation of passengers,torched the train.
ANJU AGNIHOTRI CHABA