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'Provide cops in trains passing Gorakhpur'

The State Govt took the decision, taking a serious note of spurt in communal violence in East UP, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.
None | By Umesh Raghuvanshi, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2007 11:27 PM IST

Taking a serious note of spurt in communal violence in different districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and reports of attack on a passenger train on Wednesday, the State Government on Wednesday asked the ADG Railways to provide police escort to the trains passing through the affected areas.

The ADG Railways has been asked to take appropriate measures to provide security to the trains passing from affected districts, said the Home Secretary Arun Kumar Sinha in Lucknow on Wednesday.

The State Government has also transferred the IG Gorakhpur Zone Vinay Kumar Verma, he said adding the IG Meerut Zone Jagmohan Yadav has been posted as new IG Zone of Gorakhpur. Verma has been attached to the DGP office, he said.

The State Government’s directives to ADG Railways have obviously come in the wake attack on a passenger train in Balrampur on Tuesday evening. As per information a bogey of a passenger train going from Gorakhpur to Gonda had been set on fire between Tulsipur and Kapapur railway stations.

A UPSRTC bus was also attacked near Phulwaria bypass in Balrampur, he said adding no fresh incidents of violence have been reported from Gorakhpur on Wednesday, though some incidents of arson took place in Gorakhpur on Tuesday night.

The security forces staged a flag march, he said adding curfew continued in four police station areas of Gorakhpur.

So far 200 arrests have been made in Gorakhpur, he said. The Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) had been deployed in affected areas, he said. The DGP Bua Singh also undertook a visit to affected areas to make an on the spot assessment of the situation, he said.

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