Letter threatening to blow up Railway Stations in Bihar prompts High Alert on ECR

Patna:  The Government Railway Police have sounded an alert after receiving an anonymous letter threatening to blow up some railway stations in north Bihar between November 6 and 8.

Raxaul Government Railway Police (GRP) station house officer (SHO) K.K. Bharti received an anonymous letter by post containing the name of an Islamic organisation yesterday. It intimidated to blow up the Raxaul, Motihari, Bettiah, and Muzaffarpur stations under the Samastipur railway division between November 6 and 8.

The SHO swung into action and beefed up the security arrangements at the Raxaul railway station, close to the India-Nepal border. The copies of the letter were also sent to the sub-divisional officer (SDO), Sayeeda Khatun, and the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Jitendra Pandey. Both the SDO and the SDPO subsequently reviewed the security arrangements at the station.

Motihari GRP station house officer Sher Singh Yadav said the patrolling had been intensified in and around the station. “The officers have been asked to maintain extra vigil in the wake of huge rush of passengers for Chhath festival,” he said, adding that personnel of Bihar Military Police had been deployed.

A source in the GRP said the SHOs of Bettiah and Muzaffarpur GRP stations had been asked to take precautionary measures to avert any subversive activity on the station premises. “We are alert and keeping a close watch on the movement of shady people on platforms,” Yadav told.

Muzaffarpur superintendent of railway police (SRP) Binod Kumar said there was no need to be frightened. “Prima facie it seems someone has done a mischief. But at the same time, we do not want to take any chance. Precautionary measures are being taken to ward off any untoward incident,” he said.

The SRP said a similar threat letter was sent to a railway official earlier. Investigation revealed it was shot off to settle a personal score.

“A special drive has been launched to create awareness among the train passengers. The GRP has appealed to the people to not to touch any abandoned article on the platforms,” he said.

The threat assumes significance in the wake of serial blasts in Patna during the BJP’s Hunkar Rally on October 27, within two months of the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal — the alleged co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen. The terror outfit’s Ranchi module has been accused of carrying out the blasts, the probe of which has been formally taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

“A Patna police team and that of the GRP would assist NIA in the probe,” a senior NIA officer said. Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj said: “We shall fully co-operate with the NIA team.”

A Patna police team camping at Ranchi after the blasts has, meanwhile, returned to the city.