Rail, Road traffic in Odisha affected due to tribals’ protest in WB

Balasore: Trains services to and from Odisha were adversely affected following the rail-roko agitation by local tribals at various places of Nekurseni in Medinapore in neighbouring West Bengal today.

Demanding fulfilment of their nine-point charter of demands, including the propagation and promotion of Alchik script of Santhali language in various schools and colleges of the town, members of Bharat Jakat Majhi Pragana Mahal (BJMPM), the largest outfit of tribals had carried out the protests.

The agitating tribals sat on the Nekursuni railway tracks to mark their protest.

Several trains including Guwahati-Secunderabad Express were stranded at Jaleswar railway station. Similarly, Bagha Jatin Express was halted at Basta station and Kharagpur Local Train was detained Loknathpur following the agitation, reports said. This caused numerous problems for the passengers travelling in these trains.

Similarly, movement of vehicular traffic was also disrupted between Balasore and Jaleswar as the protesters also staged demonstration on National Highway-60 as well.