Indian Railways take Precautionary Steps to avoid Terror strike in West Bengal

Jawans inspecting Rail TracksKolkata (KOAA): A month after the central intelligence department wrote to the ministry of home affairs about possible Maoists resurgence in six districts in West Bengal, the union ministry sent a report to the state home department suggesting that the Maoists replicating the Bihar-Jharkhand model might target the Railways in the state. The alert come days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhisekh Banerjee said in an open meeting that top Maoist leader Kishenji was killed by his aunt’s government.

The report was sent to the state government on Friday. Previously on June 20, the railways have issued an intelligence advisory to the concerned authorities to take adequate preventive measures in the wake of a Maoist bandh call to check possible attack on railway properties in the region. Speaking to TOI, Divisional Railway Manager (Kharagpur Division), Raj Kumar Mangla said, “Security has been beefed up and we have taken all necessary and preventive steps to avoid any kind of subversive activities”. The report also says that crowded Howrah and Sealdah stations and the Metro Railway in the city were the most vulnerable targets.

According to the report sent to the state government the Maoists might not only target the railways but they might even choose soft targets like railway station including Sealdah, Howrah and metro stations. “We have decided to revive the process of running a pilot engine before the passing of an express or a mail train particularly in those areas that are considered to be vulnerable. At present we are in a process to identify the vulnerable zones and it will be completed very soon,” a senior railway official said.

On June 17 in a public meeting at Belpahari in West Midnapore district, Abhisekh told, “Earlier everyday in Jangalmahal people were killed. During the last four years there was only one murder. Mamata’s Government by killing Kishenji has proved that the people have the last word.” Just after Banerjee’s rally the Maoists issued a notification saying that in West Bengal, the party’s Eastern bureau has decided to reconstitute the state committee and the party has analysed the political situation in West Bengal and made a detailed plan to strengthen the organisation. The group has appointed Akash as the new state secretary of the reconstituted 21-member committee, but the leaders who are in jail have not been included in the committee.