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Blockade delays express trains

Dhanbad/Hazaribagh,Sept. 24: An early morning protest on tracks at Koderma’s Parsabad station under Dhanbad division today delayed several express trains, including three Rajdhanis, by four hours on Howrah-Delhi main line.

The protesters led by BJP Barkatha MLA Amit Yadav sat on dharna at the station, about 100km from Dhanbad, in support of a host of demands, including halt of Mumbai Mail and Patna-Ranchi Superfast at Parsabad and better amenities. More than 1,000 supporters of Yadav and local villagers squatted on the tracks at 5am, bringing the Calcutta-bound New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express (12314) to a stop at the station at 5.14am. It was held up for four hours.

The other trains were stuck at nearby stations. While Calcutta-bound New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express waited at Sharmatand till 9.12am, New Delhi-Bhuvaneswar Rajdhani Express (22812) stood at Koderma railway station from around 5.30am to 9am. Gandhidham Howrah Garbha Express (12937) was stationed at Gajhandi station for around three hours. Jammu-Tawi Kolkata Chitpur Express was also stuck at Sharmatand, Dhanbad Intercity Express at Chaube and Gaya-Asansol at Dilwa, Gaya. Many goods trains were also hit.

The movement of trains resumed after senior railway officials, including assistant commercial manager Azad Kumar, reached the spot. The squatters budged only after he promised to forward their demands to the railway board.

Speaking to The Telegraph, additional divisional railway manager Rajesh Mohan said: “The agitators also spoke to Sudhir Kumar, divisional railway manager, Dhanbad, East Central Railway, over phone. He assured them that he would take up the matter and apprise the railway board of their demands. Satisfied, the mob dispersed from Parsabad station after which train services resumed,” said Kumar.

“The authorities assured us that the Patna-Ranchi Superfast would stop at Parsabad station within 10 days while our other demands, will be considered in the next two months. We would launch a bigger agitation if railway officials fail to meet our demands,” he said.

Later, railway police lodged an FIR against Yadav and other BJP workers under sections 145, 146, 147 of the IPC and 174 of the railway act.


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