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Trains on Kharagpur-Tatanagar line suspended

Last updated on: June 09, 2010 22:00 IST

Train services in Maoist-hit West Midnapore district were suspended on Wednesday evening after the government railway police alerted the authorities that the ultras were targeting the Mumbai-Howrah Duranto Express, South Eastern Railway sources said.

"The Jhargram GRP informed us around 7:35 pm that Maoists were planning an attack on the Mumbai-Howrah Duranto Express. We have accordingly stopped all trains at the nearest stations," the sources said.

As a result, train services on the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section were suspended.

They said the Duranto Express was stopped at the Ghatsila station and the Howrah-Tatanagar Steel Express at Kalaikunda.

"We may have to take Duranto back to Tatanagar and the Steel Express to Kharagpur," the sources said, adding that the up and down Tatanagar-Kharagpur passenger trains have also been stopped.

After the May 28 Gyaneswari Express disaster which left 148 passengers dead, trains are not allowed to run between 10 pm to 5 am in the Kharagpur-Tatanagar and Kharagpur-Adra sections till June 14.
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