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Mob burns railway station, trains in Bihar

PTI  Patna, June 01, 2009
First Published: 12:45 IST(1/6/2009) | Last Updated: 17:28 IST(1/6/2009)

Thousands of villagers, angry over withdrawal of stoppage of the Rajgir-New Delhi Shramajivi express at Khusrupur railway station in Bihar, on Monday ransacked and torched the station and two trains and uprooted tracks under Danapur division, about 32 km from Patna.

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Irate villagers stormed the station building, situated on Patna-Rajgir section under Danapur division of the East Central Railway, as soon as it was announced over the public address system that the stoppage of the Shramajivi express had been withdrawn, ECR chief public relations officer AK Chandra said.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, Chandra 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.

The agitators also uprooted several MITREs of railway lines in the division. Fire tenders fought for hours to douse the flames, he added.


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