The Delhi-Radhikapur Seemanchal (link) weekly express train today started from Radhikapur amid great fanfare. Several thousand people thronged Radhikapur, Kaliyaganj and Raiganj railway stations to greet the new express train. Mr BK Das, the traffic inspector of NF Railway, Katihar, and Mr KS Chaudhury, the senior railway manager of NF Railway, Katihar, flagged off the train from Radhikapur and Raiganj railway stations respectively.
The enthusiasm of the people was somewhat dampened at Raiganj, however, as Congress supporters and CPI-M activists got into an altercation over credit for the introduction of the new train. The Congress leaders thanked Union minister Mr Priya Ranjan Das Munshi while the CPI-M gave credit to both Union railway minister Mr Lalu Prashad and the chairman of the railway standing committee and CPI-M MP Mr Basudeb Acharia. Police had to be despatched to control the situation.
The CPI-M activists also expressed dissatisfaction with the train’s timings and facilities and submitted a memorandum to Mr Chaudhury in this regard.
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