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Newly laid railway tracks sabotaged in the state: Tripura Governor

Some fish-plates on the tracks were cut, possibly by using some sharp cutters, about one and half months ago but later the engineers of the railways had repaired those.

Published: 27th January 2018 02:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th January 2018 07:33 PM   |  A+A-

A track worker conducting maintenance check on railway track. (File Photo)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy Saturday expressed concerns over cases of sabotage of newly-laid rail track taking place in the states and has taken up the matter with railways and the state government.    

According to Indian Railways, there have been few reports of attempts to sabotage the railway track in the state in last few days and any accident was averted due to alert gangman, who immediately reported the matter.   

“Cases of sabotage of newly-laid rail track taking place in parts of Tripura. Removal of fish-plates and an attempt at sawing through a rail have been reported. I am in touch with General Manager, northeast Frontier Railway and the state government,” Roy tweeted.

A broad gauge track between Agartala-Udaipur,  headquarters of Gomati district, was inaugurated in January, 2017. It is part of the 114-km Agartala-Sabroom broad gauge line project by railways.

Seeking a proper investigation, Roy said that he came to know about such incidents after reports  appeared in local newspapers. He as of the view that it could be carried out by extremists, ahead of the assembly polls in February.  

The Northeast Frontier Railway said it has reported two incidents of sabotaging of tracks last month and in one of the incidents, railway team found fish plates of the tracks removed for a distance of 15-20 metres. An FIR has already been lodged in the matter by railways.

"The other incident involved someone using saw to cut the rails as there were marks of saw on tracks. Both incidents happened  in a short span and are being investigated,” said railways. 

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