Railways property worth 90 crore damaged in anti-CAA protests

Updated on Dec 20, 2019 11:30 PM IST
West Bengal has been the worst affected because the Eastern Railways largely falls in the state, the total loss for ER alone has been 72.19 crore said RPF DG Arun Kumar.
Charred remains of a boggie of a train set on fire by protestors agitating against NRC and CAB in Murshidabad district of West Bengal on December 13.(PTI Photo/File)
Charred remains of a boggie of a train set on fire by protestors agitating against NRC and CAB in Murshidabad district of West Bengal on December 13.(PTI Photo/File)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnisha Dutta

Indian Railways have lost property worth 90 crore, with Eastern Railways--mostly spread across West Bengal—alone accounting for 80% of those losses pegged at 72.19 crore, during the country-wide anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the past ten days, said a top Railways Protection Force (RPF) official.

South Eastern Railways was second with property losses worth 12.75 crore, followed by North Eastern Frontier Railways that lost 2.98 crore in damages.

“West Bengal has been the worst because the Eastern Railways largely falls in the state, the total loss there alone has been 72.19 crore,” said RPF DG Arun Kumar.

He said Howrah, Sealdah and Malda divisions were the most affected in Bengal, where the attacks on railway property intensified after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s rally against the CAA.

“Things are much better now, it got the most violent when the West Bengal CM took out a rally. There has been no violence in Bengal after that,” Kumar said.

Railways have filed a total of 85 FIRs for the violent incidents that also led to injuries to a dozen employees.

“There are people who have been identified through the videos of the violence and we have registered FIRs against them.” Kumar said.

Kumar said 2200 additional security personnel had been deployed to the North East where the first anti-CAA protests broke out resulting in damage to railway properties after the amended act was passed in Parliament on December 11.

Chabua railway station in Assam’s Dibrugarh was set on fire the same night followed by the Panitola railway station in Tinsukia district.

Kumar said overall 40 major trains have been suspended in view of the violence and rail services in Tinsukia, Lumding and major part of Rangiya division of the Northeast Frontier Railways were in complete suspension. Train services beyond Guwahati were also not in operation.

Four people have died Guwahati so far in the police firing on violent protests.

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