New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express stranded as Tana Bhagats protest on tracks.

The New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express and some goods trains were stopped for hours on Thursday as over 250 Tana Bhagats put up an economic barrier at Tori junction in Jharkhand’s Latehar district. They demanded land rights and amendment of the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act.

The New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express was stopped at Daltonganj railway station around 5.30 am, while nearly 70 goods trains were stopped on the Barkakana-Barwadih rail route of the East Central Railway (ECR).

The traffic on the Delhi-Ranchi and the Delhi-Howrah rail routes ahead Daltonganj has been completely deadened and the transportation of coal to power plants is upset due to the disturbance, ECR Barkakana Divisional Traffic Manager Manish Saurabh said.

Latehar District Commissioner Jishan Qamar has been ordered to talk to the angry Tana Bhagats and resolve the issue. “We had informed the state authorities about the agitation after the station master of Tori junction received a letter from Akhil Bhartiya Rashtriya Swatantrata Senani, threatening to start an economic blockade from September 2,” the DTM said.

Meanwhile, the railway executives have arranged for food for about 750 passengers of the  Rajdhani Express and are trying to send them to their destinations by road from Danltonganj, he added.

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