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Train services disrupted

Two Calcutta-bound Rajdhani Express trains were delayed by nearly 12 hours on Tuesday because of a six-hour track blockade in the grand chord section of East Central Railway’s Dhanbad division.

Both trains had to be diverted via Mughalsarai and Patna. The trains, scheduled to reach Howrah and Sealdah at 9.55am and 10.15am respectively, arrived well past 9pm.

Several other city-bound trains like the Doon Express, Poorva Express, Jodhpur-Howrah Express, Sealdah Ajmer Express and Kalka Mail remained stranded at various stations.

Tuesday’s blockade in Jharkhand’s Koderma district began around 3.30am, with villagers armed with bows and arrows squatting on the tracks under the banner of Ghatwar Adivasi Mahasabha.

“Their demands have nothing to do with the railways,” said B.B. Singh, the divisional railway manager of Dhanbad, who rushed to the spot along with other senior officials and senior RPF commandant Hiramani Tiwari.

The agitation was called off around 10.45am after the subdivisional officer of Koderma, Sunil Kumar, promised to send a five-member team of Ghatwars to Delhi for talks.

“Train movements resumed in the section around 10.40am,” Singh said.