Ishwardi is a Upazila of northern district Pabna. Ishwardi railway junction is one of the oldest in Bangladesh. Some decades ago Ishwardi rail junction was a busy one. Still this junction plays an important role in railway’s west zone.
A Joydevpur bound train was derailed at about 6 am yesterday. Primary investigation suggests that some people uprooted about 20 feet rail track near the loco shed area and this resulted the accident. The rail engine and three bogies of the train were derailed. Rail officials termed this as sabotage. About 20 people were injured and they were taken to local hospital for first aid. A case is filed in Ishwardi rail police station.
Rail communication was suspended for about seven hours due to this mishap. Police suspects that Hartal supporters may have done this.
The BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) led 18 party alliance called Hartal protesting the arrest of their top leaders.