New Delhi, May 18 : There have been 21 cases of Naxalite attacks on trains, railways stations and other railways property during the current year in which five lives were lost, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
Property worth Rs 1.85 crore was also damaged in these attacks, Minister of State for Railways R Velu today said in a written reply.
On the steps taken by the government to check such attacks, he said "police" (including railways and village police) being a state subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases their investigation and maintenance of law and order in railways is done by the state police.
However, railways was considering taking some important measures with the help of the state government to improve safety.
East Central Railway, East Coast Railway, South Central Railway, South Eastern Railway, Northeast Frontier Railway, Southeast Central Railway, Eastern Railway, Northern Railway and North East Railway are affected by the activities of Left Wing extremists/terrorists, he said.
To another question, Velu said any outsider, who helps in averting rail accidents is suitably awarded by the zonal railway as per the extant policy.
During the year, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, he said 23 persons have been awarded cash amount ranging upto Rs 5,000 for helping to avert 21 accidents.