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Oil smuggling after stopping train without station

 Shamsul Haque Bhuyan, Gazipur daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:33 PM, 5 November 2019   Updated: 02:45 PM, 12 November 2019

Arikhola railway station

Arikhola railway station

Train driver along with guard and station master smuggled oil stopping the train without a station. The smugglings have occurred on daylight near Arikhola railway station in Gazipur. They stopped the train for 20-30 minutes and filled gallons and drums with oil of the train. 

Locals alleged that they had informed the matter to the Arikhola station master several times. But he did not take any action yet. On the contrary, he avoided the matter and said that it is not his responsibility.  

About 50 trains from Mymensingh and Noakhali have passed the route via Dhaka-Sylhet, Chattogram and Bhairab. A gang of smugglers, associated by the train driver, guard and the station master smuggled the oil stopping the train for a long time.  

Meanwhile, there have no passenger services at the Gazipur Railway Station. There is a small messy restroom in the station, where, however, is no place to sit. There are several chairs for the passengers but also occupied by drug addicts and hawkers. So, the passengers are forced to keep standing to wait for the train at the station for hours. 

Arikhola railway station

Where is such a dreadful condition of the restroom, there is no need to say about the condition of toilets. Especially, female passengers are facing extreme trouble to use these malodorous, dirty and unhealthy toilets.

Not only the environment but there are complaints about the cost of train tickets. Additional hire is sought at various time. In a word, the passengers have become hostage by the brokers. 

Station Master of the Joydebpur Railway Junction Md. Shahjahan Mia said that though a total of 10,000-12,000 passengers daily have travelled from the station, the quality of service is too poor. Meanwhile, about 70 trains are operating on Dhaka-Mymensingh, Dhaka-Rajshahi rail route daily. However, the intercity trains do not stop at the station. 

There are no sufficient restrooms for the passengers as there is no infrastructure at the station. For this reason, passengers including women and children are forced to keep standing for the train at different places in the station for hours, the station master added. 

However, he denied the allegation of irregularities in ticket sales at the station.