Agnipath project protest: Bihar trains will only run at night due to unrest | India News



NEW DELHI/PATNA: The East Central Railway (ECR) on Saturday announced the regulation of rail operations across Bihar taking into account the safety of passengers and trains amid protests and violence over the Agnipath project. He said the trains will run on the RCT network between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. only until Monday (June 20).
In a statement, the ECR said: “In view of the ongoing protest in Bihar, the ECR has made temporary changes to the operation of trains from this region and trains arriving here maintaining safety. Rail operations in the region will be from 8 p.m. on Saturday (June 18) to 4 a.m. on Sunday (June 19), and again between 8 p.m. on Sunday and 4 p.m. on Monday (June 20) in Bihar.
Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has asked all chief executives and divisional directors of railways to help passengers wherever they are stranded and provide them with food and water.
For the third day in a row, agitation against the Center’s new short-term recruitment program into the armed forces has impacted rail services in several states. More than 400 mail, express and passenger trains have been canceled until Saturday evening. Initial reports suggested railway properties worth Rs 200 crore had been damaged due to the unrest, including the burning of 50 cars in the ECR.
During the violent protest, a train station and a police vehicle were set on fire and several police officers were also injured in Bihar.
In ECR alone, which has seen maximum protests, at least 241 trains have been cancelled, either originating from different stations or passing through its jurisdiction, as sporadic violent incidents at different stations in Danapur division have marked the call of Bihar Bandh. The bandh call was given by the Indian Student Association, Revolutionary Youth Association, Sena Bharti Jawan Morcha and Rojgar Sangarsh Sanyukta Morcha in support of the agitated protests of job applicants.
Protesters had burned 21 LHB coaches from Vikramshila Express to Lakhisarai, four coaches from MEMU to Kulharia, eight coaches from Janseva Express to Lakhisarai, two from MEMU to Fatuha, three CIF coaches from Farakka Express in Danapur, one ICF and six LHB coaches in Danapur Yard, four LHB coaches from Magadh Express in Islampur and one ICF coach in Bakhtiayarpur.
According to officials, violent unrest in Bihar has forced Northern Railway (NR), North Eastern Railway (NER), East Central Railway (EVR) and North Central Railway (NCR) to cancel several trains passing through Uttar Pradesh to the east of the country.


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