Dacoit fear haunts abandoned Gwalior-Guna railway stations

  • Yogendra Pratap Singh and M Poornima, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2014 20:35 IST

The stretch of 227 kilometres on the Gwalior-Guna railway route boasts of around 16 railway stations. But, 11 stations wear a deserted look. These railway stations have shut down in different times for the last 25 years because of dacoit terror.

Though, the level of terror has come down with many of the notorious dacoits gangs, including Rambabu Gadariya gang, eliminated in the past about 6 to 7 years, the railway stations continue to be in an abandoned state.

Broken walls, locked room, no electricity connection and of course, no staff. This is how these railway stations look like for years now.

According to police, incidences of crimes have also come down in the section, but still cases of abductions, loots, thefts come to light in every few months. The railway division is planning to restart functioning of these stations. According to a plan, the railways began renovation work at one of the stations, Padarkheda, but it seems that dacoits would not let them work.

On Sunday, a telecom engineer and his assistant, working at Padarkheda railway station, were abducted by a gang of dacoits. It has again raised questions over restarting these stations.

Paderkheda railway station where kidnapping took place on Sunday. (HT photo)

“The Padarkheda railway station where abduction took place on Sunday was being renovated due to which it was closed. We have made proper security arrangements in the entire section. We also remain in contact with GRP officials to maintain and enhance the security system there,” said divisional railway manager (DRM) of Bhopal rail division Rajeev Choudhary.

There are around 11 railway stations between Gwalior and Guna which were not working since its establishment.

The entire section started in the year 1987. Some of the railway stations which are still functioning include Shivpuri, Mohana, Kolaras, Ghatigaon and Badarwas. Out of these stations, Shivpuri and Mohana are two prominent railway stations working successfully for the past many years. But, dacoit terror is not the only reason behind downing the shutters of all these 11 railway stations.

According to railway sources, some of the railway stations were also closed due to less traffic of passengers on the route.

Khajuri railway station which has been abandoned for years because of the terror of dacoits.

(HT photo)

The most sensitive railway stations of the section are Indergarh, Padarkheda, Khajuri and Ghatigaon, where incidents of robbery, abduction etc were common. Additional director general of GRP MS Gupta said, “In 2012, we had sanctioned opening of a GRP police station at Shivpuri railway station, which is the most prominent station in the section. We also sent a proposal of deploying 60 GRP personnel in the section as the entire section was known to be sensitive. But, the then general manager of West Central Railway approved appointment of only 20 GRP personnel there.”

The GRP was ready to provide additional force to railways for that particular section on their demand, he added.

When contacted, Pohari (Shivpuri) MLA Prahlad Bharti said, “After the abduction of a railway engineer in the year 2006, this is the first incident of abduction. I will write to the railways as well as the state government police to deploy required force in the section to avoid such incidents in the future.”

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