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Kurmi stir: Rail service affected for the fourth day; 205 trains canceled so farSEXI News

Last Update: 23 September 2022, 23:23 IST

The Kurmis first imposed rail and road blockades in Bengal and neighboring states on 20 September.  (representative image)

The Kurmis first imposed rail and road blockades in Bengal and neighboring states on 20 September. (representative image)

205 Mail/Express and Passenger trains have been canceled since Tuesday

Rail blockade by Kurmis at Kastaur and Khemasuli stations of South Eastern Railway continued for the fourth day on Friday, with at least 205 mail, express and passenger trains canceled so far in the last few days, an official said. The Kurmis had first imposed rail and road blockades in Bengal and neighboring states on September 20, demanding Scheduled Tribe (ST) status and inclusion of Kurmali language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

In Jharkhand and Odisha, though the blockade of railway tracks was lifted on the same day, protests continued at two stations in Bengal. ÔÇťAgitation is still going on at Kastaur and Khemasuli stations of South Eastern Railway. Normal train services in Adra and Kharagpur divisions were badly affected.

He said that 205 Mail/Express and Passenger trains have been canceled since Tuesday. Apart from this, 74 trains have been short terminated or short original, 89 diverted and four trains have been rescheduled, the official said.

Senior railway officials are at the two stations to monitor the situation. He said that they are coordinating with the state government. The trains canceled on Friday are 12834 Howrah-Ahmedabad Express, 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur Express and 18615/18616 Howrah-Hatia-Howrah Express.

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