A GRP patrol train derailed in Pirgachha upazila of Rangpur early today as miscreants uprooted 252 feet of railway tracks more than an hour before the start of Jamaat-e-Islami-enforced countrywide hartal (shutdown).
Rail service between Lalmonirhat and Dinajpur remains suspended since 4:30 following the derailment, reports our Rangpur correspondent quoting Pirgachha Stationmaster Shahidul Islam.
Jamaat, a key ally of the BNP-led 18 party alliance, enforced the daylong nationwide hartal in protest against the execution of its leader Abbul Quader Mollah.
The train containing the locomotive and a bogie veered off the tracks at Kukura Bhangasetu, in the middle of Pirgachha and Annodanagar rail stations, the stationmaster said.
The officials of Government Railway Police (GRP) were patrolling the Lalmonirhat-Dinajpur route fearing sabotage on rail lines ahead of the hartal, Shahidul said.