The violence that followed the Dhamara tragedy has bled the East Central Railway (ECR). According to ECR spokesperson Amitabh Prabhakar, even going by initial estimates, at approximately R25 crore, the loss of property and revenue is the “biggest ever” in ECR’s history.
He said the angry mob had set fire to 20 coaches —15 AC and non-AC coaches of the Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani express and five general coaches of a passenger train — and engines of two trains.
“The loss of 20 coaches, including AC ones, set back the Railways by another R10 crore, at the rate of R50 lakh per coach,” Prabhakar told HT.
“The engine of the Rajya Rani express was of a very recent make and sophisticated and cost R9 crore. The diesel engine of the passenger train cost R6 crore and was reportedly gutted, totally,” he added.
That apart, the Railways also incurred heavy commercial loss as four trains had to be cancelled and others had to cut short their journeys.