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Police OICs to check out railway stations

All railway stations have been placed under the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the closest police station area of authority from yesterday (14) in response to the 24-hour token strike by railway station masters.

Transport and Community Police State Minister Dilum Amunugama said all railway stations in the country have been placed under the control of the OIC of the closest police station. He said the OICs reported to all railway stations yesterday (14) morning.

The Minister said that the OICs have already reported to all the stations and that work is being carried out.

Station masters carried out a token 24-hour token strike at midnight on January 12 and ended their strike 12 hours before midnight yesterday (13), and recommenced another strike demanding the removal of the suspension of the Union’s vice president who had joined the strike.

Accordingly, steps have been taken to appoint OICs to all railway stations, State Minister

Amunugama said. He also said that instructions were given to take steps to run trains properly.The Meenagaya intercity express train plying from the Fort railway station to Batticaloa at 7.00 pm on 12, was stopped at the Kekirawa railway station at around 12.00 midnight on the 13 due to the train strike. As a result the train commuters had got angry and gone on a rampage breaking windows of railway carriages and attacking the engine of the train. The driver who had got scared had taken steps to take the train to the Batticaloa Railway Station.

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