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Agnipath scheme protest: Trains in Bihar to run only at night due to stir | India News


NEW DELHI/ PATNA: The East Central Railway (ECR) on Saturday announced regulating train operations across Bihar considering the safety of passengers and trains in view of the protests and violence over the Agnipath scheme. It said trains will be run on the ECR network between 8 pm and 4 am only till Monday (June 20).
In a statement, the ECR said, “In view of the ongoing protest in Bihar, the ECR has made temporary changes in the train operations starting from this region and the trains coming here keeping the safety and security of passengers. The train operations in the region will be from 8pm on Saturday (June 18) to 4 am on Sunday (June 19), and again between 8 pm on Sunday and 4 pm on Monday (June 20) in Bihar.”
Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has instructed all general managers and divisional railway managers to help passengers wherever they are stranded and provide them food and water.
For the third consecutive day, agitation against the Centre’s new scheme of short-term recruitment in the armed forces impacted train services across several states. Over 400 mail, express and passenger trains were cancelled till Saturday night. Initial reports suggested that railway properties worth Rs 200 crore were damaged due to the agitation, including burning of 50 coaches in the ECR.
In the violent protest, a railway station and a police vehicle were torched and several police personnel also injured in Bihar.
Only in the ECR, which has witnessed maximum protests, at least 241 trains were cancelled which were either originating from different stations or passing through its jurisdiction as sporadic violent incidents at different railway stations under Danapur division marked the Bihar bandh call. The bandh call was given by All India Students’ Association, Revolutionary Youth Association, the Sena Bharti Jawan Morcha and Rojgar Sangarsh Sanyukta Morcha in support of the agitating job aspirants’ protests.
The protesters had burned 21 LHB coaches of Vikramshila Express at Lakhisarai, four MEMU coaches at Kulharia, eight coaches of Janseva Express at Lakhisarai, two of MEMU at Fatuha, three ICF coaches of Farakka Express at Danapur, one ICF and six LHB coaches at the Danapur Yard, four LHB coaches of Magadh Express at Islampur and one ICF coach at Bakhtiayarpur.
According to officials, violent agitation in Bihar forced Northern Railway (NR), North Eastern Railway (NER), East Central Railway (EVR) and North Central Railway (NCR) to cancel several trains passing via Uttar Pradesh towards eastern part of the country.



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