Wary of Maoist attacks, the south east central railways have decided to run either a goods train or a locomotive engine on the tracks before giving a green signal to mail or express trains during the night in areas with rebel influence.
Trains of the south east central railways, which is headquartered in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, run through the railway’s most profitable zone, from Raigarh in Chhattisgarh to Nagpur in Maharashtra.
The precautionary measures will continue till the railways are confident that security risks are minimal.
Maoists had recently put up banners at Paniyajob railway station in the state’s Rajnandgaon district adjoining the Maharashtra border, calling to observe a shahidi saptah (martyr’s week) from July 28 to August 3 in memory of their cadre killed by security forces.
Following this, the administration has been on high alert.
More than 90 passenger trains cross the state daily on the Howrah-Mumbai route.
“The arrangement is temporary and will continue only during the night hours to avert any danger,” a railway spokesperson told Hindustan Times.
“This will also prevent the trains from running very late on re-rescheduled time owing to the Maoist threat.”
During the day, the railways had employed enough staff and security personnel to secure the tracks, the spokesperson added.
Chhattisgarh has 16 districts, and Rajnandgaon, from where Chief Minister Raman Singh hails, is one of the 12 Maoist-affected districts of the state.