Indian railways have lost property worth Rs. 80 Crore during the widespread protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act across the country.
According to reports, there has been a loss of railway property worth Rs 80 crore during the anti-CAA protests. Of this, the Eastern Railway has suffered damage worth Rs 70 crore and that of the Northeast Frontier Railway was worth Rs 10 crore. Railways have estimated that the loss could go up after the final analysis.
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Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said that the damage will be recovered from those found involved in arson and violence during the protests.
It may be mentioned here that several parts of India witnessed violence, wherein public property was damaged. While in West Bengal, the ticket counter at the Sankrail railway station was set on fire, in Assam angry protesters vandalized railway property.
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Several trains at the Krishnapur railway station near Lalgola were also set ablaze. Vandalism was also reported from the Harishchandrapur station in the neighbouring Malda district. Those found guilty of damaging railway property would be charged under Section 151 of the Indian Railway Act, which has a provision of maximum seven years of imprisonment.
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