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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

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At least 20 passengers were injured as two carriages of a train derailed at Aditmari near Namuri railway station on the Lalmonirhat–Burimari route Sunday night. Local residents, after the accident, went out on demonstrations in protest at the lack of maintenance of the railway.

Sources in the Lalmonirhat Railway Vehicles Control Department said 65 incidents of derailment of train took place in the railway division in six months — between August and January.

The injured in Sunday’s accident were given primary treatment in the local upazila health complex and were discharged by the night, railway officials said.

The Lalmonirhat railway control room said two carriages of 455 Up headed for Burimari derailed at about 8.30pm, and some passengers who jumped out of the train out of fear were injured. A rescue train reached the spot on Monday to pull up the derailed compartments on the railway to restore communications.

The local people living by the railway at Namuri went out on demonstrations against the railway authorities for not maintaining the railway properly.

They demanded immediate repair of the lines and threatened to hold blockade programmes if their demands were not met. Of the 65 accidents in the past six months, 12 took place in August 2007, 10 in September, 10 in October, 16 in November, 12 in December and remaining 5 in January till the 27th. A rescue train, which reached Tushbhandar railway station to pull up a train which derailed earlier, went off the railway in October 2007.

The Lalmonirhat railway divisional engineer, AFM Masudur Rahaman, said old railways, lack of sufficient sleepers and absence of stones on the route were responsible for the recurrence of such derailment of trains in the Lalmonirhat division, especially on the Lalmonirhat–Burimari route.

Eighty per cent of the sleepers on the Lalmonirhat–Burimari railway route have become unfit for use, he said. The Lalmonirhat divisional railway manager, DRM Kazi Rafiqul Alam, said repairs of old railways and replacement of old engines had become essential. He said repairs of risky lines on the Lalmonirhat–Burimari route would begin soon as the fund for such job has been approved by the Bangladesh Railways.

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