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If security not consolidated, Office train service may stop - Video
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The Engine Drivers’ Association stated that they will disregard the office train service if an assurance is not given regarding the security of the Engine drivers by Monday.

The trade unions complain that the authorities have not taken sufficient measures concerning the security of the engine drivers thus far.

They further stated that security should be ensured at least along the train routes where the attacks took place.

The Executive Council of the Railway Engine Drivers’ Association is to meet tomorrow to discuss regarding the future measures to be taken.

A group of persons have attacked an engine driver and his assistant of a train heading from Colombo Fort to Chilaw at the Kurana railway station at 8.20pm last night, as the train arrived 1 hour late.

Later the train headed towards Chilaw and the engine driver was admitted to Chilaw Hospital.

The alleged engine driver Athula Fernando who was subjected to the attack was discharged from the hospital this evening.

Meanwhile, the engine driver of the train heading from Maho to Colombo Fort was also attacked by a group of persons last morning.

When inquired from the Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana regarding the measures taken by the police, he stated that police security have been provided to the alleged railway stations and certain trains following the attacks.

Railway General Manager B.A.P. Ariyaratne stated that the department will take legal action regarding the attacks on the engine drivers and the investigations regarding the incidents are currently underway.

Meanwhile, the railway control room stated that due to the work-to-rule action of the engine drivers several trains arrived late to their respective destinations today.

The Gaalu – kumari train bound to Colombo arrived 30 minutes late while Ruhunu Kumari train arrived 32 minutes late.

In addition, it was reported that several other trains also arrived at the Fort railway station late.



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