वडोदरा Vadodara (BRC): The narrow escape for Pune-Indore Express near Palej in Bharuch past midnight on Tuesday has given a wake-up call to the railway authorities. The railways may soon start patrolling on the railway tracks in the region. Vadodara railway in-charge superintendent of police (SP), S S Baranda said that he has discussed the issue of track patrolling with the railway administration.
“We will start track patrolling in the region again. The incidents of concrete sleepers being put on railway tracks is happening only in Vadodara region. I have talked with the railway protection force (RPF) and DRM for starting joint patrolling on the tracks in Vadodara region,” Baranda told. The railway authorities have registered a complaint against unidentified persons at the Bharuch police station.
“We suspect that the accused may have placed the sleeper to derail the train and loot the passengers. Or maybe it was an act of sabotaging the train. We are conducting investigations from all the angles but we don’t have suspicion on any particular gang,” Baranda added.
Aug 22, 2014: Unidentified miscreants had placed a 1.6 metre long iron rod on railway track near Vadodara railway station. A major incident was averted as the driver of Mumbai-bound Saurashtra Mail instantly applied brakes after spotting the iron rod.
Oct 27, 2014: Passengers of Shanti Express which runs from Gandhinagar to Indore had a narrow escape at near Champaner railway station when the train’s engine dashed with a concrete sleeper which was kept on the railway track.
Feb 4, 2015: Engine of the Pune-Indore Express dashes with a concrete sleeper kept on railway track at near Palej railway station near Bharuch. Engine’s cattle guard gets badly damaged due to the incident.