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Alert railway employee averts possible train accident in Ludhiana

The incident happened 15 minutes before Amritsar-bound New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express was scheduled to pass through the spot, railway officials said.

punjab Updated: Jul 01, 2017 19:06 IST
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An alert railway employee averted a possible train accident by spotting two persons who were allegedly removing fish plates from a track near the Ladhowal railway station in Ludhiana, the police said on Saturday.

Gangman ( track maintainers) Shatrughan spotted the two persons tampering with the railway track under Ladhowal GT railway over bridge last evening, the police said.

The incident happened 15 minutes before Amritsar-bound New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express was scheduled to pass through the spot, railway officials said.

Shatrughan immediately informed the station superintendent of the Ladhowal railway station, who informed the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Railway police.

The miscreants were nabbed by locals around area and were handed over to the RPF when the force arrived at the spot.

Inspector general of Railway police (IG) GS Dhillon, said over phone from Patiala that the miscreants have been identified as Hansraj Singh (40) of Ludhiana and Pardeep Singh (56) of Mansa.

Investigations are being carried out jointly by the RPF and government railway police (GRP), he said.

Preliminary investigations suggest that it was only a case of theft and as of now, there is no evidence to show that it was a case of sabotage, the IG said.

Dhillon said the background of both the persons were being verified. One of them was stated to be mentally unstable.

A major rail tragedy had been averted due to the alertness the railway gangman, a rail official said.

A case has been registered by the Ludhiana RPF in connection with the incident.