Railways to seek huge compensation from protestors for blocking trains
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Railways to seek huge compensation from protestors for blocking trains

The Railways is set to go tough on protesters and impose massive amounts as compensation for the loss it suffered during the two-day national strike early this week.

Protestors, including joint action council convenor V Sivankutty, will be slapped with huge amounts for the losses, which is being estimated, the railways suffered. Besides submitting a detailed report to the ministry, railway division authorities in Thiruvananthapuram propose to file a case seeking compensation. Cases seeking compensation in earlier incidents are pending in Kerala High Court.

This is besides the criminal cases to be filed by the Railway Protection Force for trespass into railway property, raising slogans and causing damage. If convicted, the leaders, including CPM Thiruvananthapuram district secretary Anavoor Nagappan, will not be able to contest elections

Already two NGO Union leaders have been remanded in custody for vandalisng the SBI treasury branch in Thiruvananthapuram.

Across the State, trains were blocked at various stations and so far over 30 cases have been registered and more than 1,000 people booked.

The loss calculation will include revenue fall in ticket collection, damage due to delay in services and also to property. Video clippings of the protests were being examined and more people are likely to be booked, according to railway sources.