‘Rail roko’ in West Bengal: Train services in Odisha affected consecutively for third day | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: People have been facing difficulties during the last three days for cancellation of several long-distance trains due to ‘rail roko’ staged by members of the Adivasi Kurmi Samaj in West Bengal demanding scheduled tribe (ST) status.
The protestors have staged rail roko at Khemasuli station in the Kharagpur-Tata railway section of Kharagpur division and at Kustaur station in Adra-Chandil railway section of Adra division under South Eastern Railway (SER) jurisdiction.
Because of this, 12 major trains, including two Rajdhani Express trains, Purushottam Express, Samaleswari Express and Ispat Express were cancelled on Saturday.
Passengers were seen enquiring about northbound trains at inquiry counters of Bhubaneswar railway station in Bhubaneswar.
“I have a job interview in Delhi on Monday, but my train was cancelled on Saturday. I don’t have much time or a confirmed ticket to take a train which is running on a diverted route. I do not know what will happen right now. This problem should be solved,” Jitendra Sahu, a youth from Ganjam district, said.
Another passenger, Amit Kumar from Prayag said he could not go home due to the cancellation of trains.
“My wife is not feeling well. I need to go home anyhow. Most of the northbound trains are cancelled now. This rail roko has affected many people during the last four days. Why is nobody looking after this issue,” he added.
The Railways will cancel 13 trains on Sunday and 14 trains on Monday. One weekly express from Coimbatore Junction to Dhanbad via Sambalpur will remain cancelled on April 12, the official sources said.
Kalinga Utkal Express and Santragachi Junction-Porbandar superfast trains will be diverted in different routes.
As the diverted trains are taking comparatively more time and it is missing some major stations, passengers face problems in travelling in these trains.
“Nobody knows when this stir will be called off. I have to cancel my Delhi trip,” Sumit Ranjan Mishra, a trader, said.

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