Published: Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sabotage halts Kishoreganj-Dhaka rail service for 2hrs

Rail communications on the Kishoreganj-Dhaka route remained suspended for two hours as miscreants removed a fishplate from the railway track in Bajitpur upazila of Kishoreganj early today.

The unknown miscreants removed a fishplate near Shararchar Railway Station in the upazila on the first day of BNP-led 18-party opposition combine-called 83-hour blockade, reports our correspondent quoting Jayanta Kumar Majumder, station master of Kishoreganj Railway Station.

Dhaka-bound ‘Egaro Shindhur Express’ delayed for nearly two hours at the railway station and left for the capital around 8:00am, after the rail tracks were repaired, the station master added.

Railway became a common target of sabotage during the recent spate of hartals and blockades in the country.

In mentionable attack on railway, three passengers were killed and 35 others injured as four coaches and the engine of Padmarag Express veered off the tracks in Gaibandha on December 4 after blockaders ripped up fish plates and clips from the rail lines.

Similar acts of sabotage also caused the derailment of several other trains and injuries of passengers across the country in the recent political violence centring the upcoming 10th parliamentary election.