Train grinds to halt

Janakpurdham, March 18:

Maoists, last night, set ablaze the Baidehi-based ticket counter and two wooden bridges along Janakpur-Jayanagar railway service.

The ticket counter and bridges, situated 12 km far from Janakpurdham, were completely destroyed in the fire disrupting the only train service in Nepal, said Bhola Nath Sharma, general manager of railway service.

The railway has to bear daily loss of Rs 60,000 to disruption of the service, Sharma said.

A team of technicians from the railway office had left for the spot to assess the loss by the blasts but failed to reach there, Sharma informed.

The train service will resume as usual soon after repairing the damaged bridges, Sharma said.