Monday, November 30, 2009

Maoists stop goods train

TNN 1 December 2009, 12:07am

RANCHI: Suspected Maoists stopped a goods train between Hatia and Barsling stations under Ranchi division on Sunday night. The rebels gave red signal to the drivers, threatening them with dire consequences for driving on bandh day. The drivers drove the train to the nearest Barsling railway station and halted there till Monday morning.

According to railway sources, the coal-laden goods train was going from Bokaro to Bhilai, taking the Ranchi-Rourkela route. As it crossed Hatia and was about to reach Barsling, the drivers saw someone showing the red light and stopped the train to find out what had happened. Before they could understand anything, some people boarded the train and threatened them for driving on bandh day. Threatening that moving ahead will be dangerous, they left.

The drivers, however, took the train to Barsling station and informed their seniors. Later in the morning, they reported to Hatia railway police. "We are not sure if they were Maoists or local unsocial elements. The incident has caused panic among drivers. We are inquiring into the matter," said Prabhat Ranjan, the senior divisional commercial manager in charge of Ranchi division.

Sources claimed the drivers could have fabricated the story out of fear of driving on the day of the Maoist bandh. Recent incidents of railways being targeted by Red rebels in Jharkhand have spread terror among drivers.

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