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Sep 24, 2012 at 11:30am IST

Jharkhand: Trains halted as BJP MLA launches rail blockade

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Amit Yadav has launched a rail blockade in Jharkhand early on Monday morning at the Parsabad Railway station in Koderma district.

Many trains including the Sealdah and Howrah Rajdhanis have been forced to halt due to the blockade.

The BJP activists are demanding opening of a reservation counters at Parsabad station and stoppage of Mumbai-Howrah and other express trains at Parsabad station.

"BJP MLA Amit Yadav and about 500 of his supporters have squatted on both up and down tracks at Parasabad, over 140 km from here, since 5 AM disrupting railway services," Rail Police Force Divisional Commander Shashi Kumar said.

New Delhi-Howrah, New Delhi-Sealdah, New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express trains and several other trains have been held up at different points following their agitation, he said.

The MLA has said that he will not let any trains pass through the area between 5 am and 5 pm on Monday.

(With additional information from PTI)