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Railway counts loss of Tk35 crore in 10 months

Update : 10 Dec 2013, 06:53 PM

Bangladesh Railway has suffered a loss of Tk35 crore in its property and infrastructural damage for subversive activities and arson attacks during political shutdowns and blockades over the last 10 months.

“According to our preliminary estimate, recurring attacks on railway stations and bogies and removal of fishplates have caused a loss of Tk35 crore in the last 10 months,” said a senior official of the Railways Ministry.

The official, who preferred not to be named, said the amount of the losses may go up further after the final assessment.

According to data provided by him, the railway sector has seen a total of 57 acts of sabotage, including arson attacks, removal of rail lines and unscrewing of fishplates, during the countrywide transport blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance.

Of the total incidents, 29 took place in the East Zone of Bangladesh Railway while 28 in the West Zone.

In the latest attack, a group of suspected blockaders on Monday vandalised the Sylhet railway station damaging its windows and furniture and exploded crude and petrol bombs, leaving two people injured.

Suspected blockade supporters also set fire to railway tracks in Dhaka city’s Tejgaon area on Monday morning during the third day of the 18-party’s 72-hour nationwide transport blockade programme, reports UNB.

Official statistic shows that a total of 169 acts of sabotage, including arson attacks, took place in the railway sector from February 28, 2013 to November 5, 2013.

On March 2, miscreants set fire to a number of bogies of an express train, ‘Silk City’, at Rajshahi Railway Station under the West Zone of Bangladesh Railway and removed rail tracks from Sonaimuri-Natherpetoa section under the East Zone, causing a loss of over Tk 7.1 crore in damages.

On April 2, about 30 passengers were injured as six compartments of a Chittagong-bound train, ‘Turnanishita’, from Dhaka derailed in Comilla after unidentified people removed fishplates from the railway tracks.

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