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Mamata orders probe after angry mob torch trains in Bihar

Thousands of angry villagers torched six rail bogies and a station near Patna,protesting against cancellation of stoppage of a train.

Written by Agencies | Patna |
June 1, 2009 6:08:40 pm

Angry villagers on Monday torched six rail bogies and a station near Patna protesting against the cancellation of stoppage of a train following which Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee withdrew the order against the halt and set up a departmental inquiry.

Thousands of villagers,perturbed over withdrawal of stoppage of the Rajgir-New Delhi Shramjivi Express at Khusrupur,ransacked and torched the station and six bogies of two trains,and uprooted tracks under Danapur division,about 32 kms from Patna.

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Railway,as soon as it was announced over the public address system that the stoppage of the Shramjivi express had been withdrawn,ECR chief public relations officer A K Chandra said.

The mob set fire to the 3226 down Danapur-Jainagar Intercity Express and the 543 Rajgir-Danapur passenger trains at Baikatpur village near the station,he said. Four general chair car coaches and an airconditioned chair car compartment of Danapur-Jainagar Intercity express were burnt,he said.

The mob also set afire a generator bogie of the Rajgir-Danapur passenger train,which arrived there a short while after the intercity reached.

Clarifying that her ministry had issued no such order,Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said in Kolkata that the halt of the train at the station will continue like in the past and ordered a departmental inquiry on the decision to withdraw the stoppage.

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