Azamnagar Road (AZR): Poor visibility due to fog and detection of explosives on railway tracks in Bihar caused a major disruption in train movements between the state and other destinations in the country. During the course of the day, at least 20 express trains and two passenger trains were either detained en-route at different stations or were running four hours late.
The 11 express trains delayed due to fog were all headed to railway stations in and around Kolkata city, such as Howrah, Sealdah and the Kolkata (Chitpur) stations. These include popular trains such as the Delhi-Howrah Kalka Mail, Guwahati-Howrah Saraighat Express, New Jalpaiguri-Sealdah Padatik Express, Alipurduar-Sealdah Kanchankanya Express, Alipurduar-Sealdah Teesta Torsha Express and the Howrah-bound Amritsar Mail.
But if that was not enough, the detection of two live grenades and two improvised bombs on the railways tracks between Mukuria Junction and Azamnagar Road stations in Bihar (under the jurisdiction of Katihar rail division in North-east Frontier Railway), further threw train schedules in north Bengal into a tizzy.
NF Railway officials said, two on-duty patrolmen ~ Mr Jeevan Singh and Mr Mahesh Sah ~ found the hand grenades at around 6.55 this morning. A little after that two improvised bombs were found at a close distance from the first recovery spot. The grenades exploded while being removed from the tracks.
Following this, NF Railway authorities temporarily suspended train movements along the route and several trains were immediately stopped short of their respective destinations.
These include, the 13149 Up Kanchankanya Express at Azamnagar station, 13145 Up Kolkata – Radhikapur Express at Khurial station, the 12343 Up Darjeeling Mail at Kumedpur station, the 12377 Up Padatik Express at Bhaluka Road station, the 15484 Dn Sikkim – Mahananda Express at Labha station, 13248 UP Danapur- Kamakhya Capital Express at Katihar station, the 12042 Dn Shatabdi Express at Barsoi Junction, the 15609 Dn Avadh Assam Express at Dalkolha station and the 15658 Dn Kanchanjungha Express at Kishanganj station.
Two passenger trains ~ the 55707 Katihar – Radhikapur Passenger and the 75707 Radhikapur – New Jalpaiguri Passenger were also detained at Mukuria Junction and Kachna station, respectively, and so were two freight trains at Azamnagar Road and Mukuri Junction. All these trains remained stranded till 12.10 p.m. when the track was cleared for train movements.
Eastern Railway sources said that some of the corresponding trains scheduled to ply between the state and other destinations tonight and tomorrow are likely to be re-scheduled.