Railway suffers ₹84 crore loss in anti-CAA, NRC protests in Bengal

PTI Kolkata | Updated on January 11, 2020 Published on January 11, 2020

The Railways claimed to have suffered losses of properties worth ₹84 crore in violence related to protests against CAA and NRC in West Bengal from December 13 to 15, according to reports filed by it before the Calcutta High Court.

The Eastern Railway (ER) said in an affidavit before a division bench comprising Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice A Banerjee on Friday that it suffered the brunt of the protests with losses amounting to ₹72.2 crore, with the maximum being in the Sealdah division, which suffered damages worth ₹46 crore.

The Malda division of ER suffered losses worth nearly ₹24.5 crore, while the Howrah division’s losses were more than ₹1 crore, it said in an affidavit before the court on Friday in connection with a PIL seeking compensation to people and the railways for losses suffered in violence during the anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests.

The South Eastern Railway, in a separate affidavit, said that it suffered losses to its properties worth ₹12.75 crore, including to trains, stations and tracks.

The matter will be taken up for hearing again four weeks hence, the court directed.

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Published on January 11, 2020
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