Patna : An illegal railway halt named after former Bihar chief minister and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's wife Rabri Devi has been demolished in Rohtas district.
"Rabri-halt, named after Rabri Devi, was demolished as it was illegal," said S.K. Verma, station manager of Sasaram station, about 150 km from here.
The Rabri halt was among eight demolished on the 45 km Sasaram-Bikramganj stretch by officials of the East Central Railway (ECR) and Railway Protection Force.
Villagers had erected a makeshift platform and a board displaying the name of the halts. Drivers and guards of local trains were forced by villagers to stop trains at the spots and were threatened with dire consequences if they did not do so, said Verma.
A senior official said there was some reluctance to go ahead with the move, but the signal came from top authorities.
"Though the halt was named after his wife, Lalu Prasad had given the green signal to remove unauthorised halts whether they were named after him, his wife or any one else," he said.
ECR officials estimated that there were over 100 unauthorised halts in the five divisions under it.