Maoists would target Howrah, Sealdah, Metro stations: Eastern Railway

Kolkata (KOAA): Maoists would target important stations including, Howrah, Sealdah, Kolkata and metro rail stations in the city, Eastern Railway today said.

“Information has come that Maoists are targeting Howrah, Sealdah, Kolkata and Metro Railway stations,” an Eastern Railway release said here.

“Maoist posters have been found at some railway stations of Eastern Railway like Ratanpur and Kajra railway stations in Jamalpur-Kiul section of Malda Division,” the release said.

Security has been strengthened at all these places, it said.

Extra security measures have also been taken in view of the terror strike at Gurudaspur in Punjab, the release said.

With the “ongoing terrorist activities and threats by different groups including Maoists throughout the country, railway has emerged as an area of soft target,” it said.

Eastern Railway has made necessary security arrangements at Howrah, Sealdah, Kolkata Terminal and metro railway stations to meet any exigency.

Sniffer dogs were being used for checking at important stations, passenger areas as well as mail, express, passenger and EMU trains. Special watch was also being kept at crowded places like computerised reservation counters, cloak rooms, waiting halls, toilets and especially concourse areas.

“Quick reaction teams have been formed and all the divisions of Eastern Railway like Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol and Malda have been alerted to gear up their security machinery to combat any sort of sabotage or terrorist activities,” the release added.

Youth with firearms arrested at Kolkata metro station

A 25-year-old youth was arrested after Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel seized pistols and bullets from him at a metro station here, police said on Tuesday.

The youth was taken into custody by the RPF after, acting on a tip-off, they scanned his bag and found three locally-made pistols and five bullets as he tried to enter the Geetanjali metro station on Monday night.

The youth claimed he was taking the arms and ammunitions, so long kept in his house at Falta in South 24 Parganas, to dispose of them. He said the firearms were kept in self-defence in view of a family feud.

However, the RPF did not find the reason convincing and handed him over to police.

The youth has been booked under the Arms Act.