Archive for Jamalpur

Mob ransacks Munger hospital after child’s death

An irate mob comprising residents of Hasanganj under Kashim Bazar police station went on rampage early Wednesday morning and damaged the glasspanes and windows of the emergency ward of the sadar hospital after the death of a three-year old female child. Read the rest of this entry »


Railway Colonies in India by John Alton Price

Railway Siding in Jamalpur

When quite a child in India I had gathered, from the odd word I happened to overhear, or the odd attitude one observed when the subject of Railways was mentioned there seemed to be an antipathy towards ‘those Railway people’. I found this somewhat mysterious and puzzling : however, not being in contact with any of the Railway Colony; they lived in the extreme north of Delhi and we were housed in the south or ‘Posh’ area as some saw it. I also remember being told to stay clear of the area where they lived. This rather upset me and I thought the attitude was somewhat curious, not to say unfair. I found out as I grew older and a bit more knowledgeable that the Railway people were considered a bit ‘Racy’ and not quite up to the mark or shall we say a bit common. In much later days I was to discover for myself that these opinions were positively unfair and rather, or downright ignorant. I had in my ‘growing up’ days had very little contact with railway people in India, except for the occasional meeting through rail travel.During my service in the Military I was to be Posted to a quite important Railway Station called Jamalpur, in Bihar. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Outsider’ officers in poll glare


(From top) Umesh Kumar, Jitendra Kumar Sinha, Pankaj Darad and Vineet Vinayak. Pictures by Nagendra Kumar Sinha

Patna, Sept. 22: About a dozen officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), mostly on inter-state deputation in Bihar, are on the radar of the Election Commission ahead of the Assembly polls.

These officers may be shifted from field postings in the wake of complaints made by Opposition parties during the two-day visit of the panel team to Bihar led by chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi.

Quraishi has said the commission would keep tabs on these officers, though he did not give any indication about immediate transfer of those against whom allegations of alleged “favouritism” had been levelled by Opposition parties, including the RJD, LJP and the Congress. “It is not feasible to shift all these officers but they will be under the surveillance of the commission,” the poll boss said yesterday.

Sources in the state police headquarters said that at present four IPS officers of different cadre are on inter-state deputation in Bihar. While three officers are posted as deputy inspectors-general, one is posted as superintendent of police in the government railway police. A senior Bihar cadre IPS officer is also under the scanner of the Opposition parties, which questioned his posting in the field during the ensuing election.

Sources said the Opposition parties demanded the removal of Umesh Kumar, who is posted as DIG, Bettiah range. Kumar, a 1995 batch IPS officer of Karnataka cadre, is the son-in-law of Bharatiya Janata Party MLC Ganga Prasad. Kumar had courted controversy over deployment of the central para-military forces during the parliamentary elections in 2009.

Kumar, who was then posted as superintendent of police of East Champaran, had kept central forces stationed at the district headquarters while personnel of district armed police and home guards were deployed in polling stations. The RJD had complained to the commission on this.

Vineet Vinayak and Pankaj Darad, both 1995 batch IPS officers of Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir cadres respectively, are posted as DIG, Central range and DIG, Muzaffarpur. Alok Kumar, a 1997 batch IPS officer from Nagaland cadre, is currently posted as the superintendent of rail police, Jamalpur.

Gupteshwar Pandey, a 1987 batch IPS officer of the Bihar cadre, is at present posted as inspector-general, Muzaffarpur zone. He had lobbied for a ticket for Buxar parliamentary seat as a BJP nominee last year. He had also offered voluntary retirement from service in anticipation of getting a ticket for the Lok Sabha elections held in May 2009.

Abhijeet Sinha, a 2000 batch IAS officer of the Nagaland cadre, is posted as the district magistrate of Munger while J.K. Sinha, a 1995 batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre, is posted as the district magistrate of Patna. Similarly, Binod Kumar, a 1996 batch IAS officer of the Assam cadre, is holding the charge of district magistrate of Araria.

Vaishali district magistrate Minhaz Alam is an IAS officer of the Kerala cadre while his Gaya counterpart Sanjay Singh is of the Orissa cadre. Dev Raj Dev, an IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, is posted as the district magistrate of West Champaran.

An IPS officer posted at the state police headquarters said the officers on inter-state deputation are not given plum postings in other states. To drive home his point, he mentioned the case of Shobha Ohatker, a 1990 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, who is currently on a three-year inter-state deputation in Maharashtra, her native state. “Despite being an upright officer, Ohatker was not given important assignments in that state,” he added.

I do not think of JAMALPUR as a city..I think of it as a railway colony …bungalow dwellings …and Happy Valley

By Yvonne Eva Le Fort
[aka:Yvonne Hussein Le Fort at Facebook]

I do not think of JMP as a city..I think of it as a railway colony …bungalow dwellings …and Happy
valley was the place for picnics and group outings .NO tall buildings like Notre Dame Scjhool in current pictures .The offices of the EIR Works directly across from 14 Victoria Rd were not more than two storey IF my memory serves me right .

Going to school 5000′ above sea level at Jharipani then returning to JMP for holiday periods where was there any mountain in JMP? Intriguing …there were rolling hills at Happy Valley…and somewere not that far away we went to hotsprings near a river that had alligators in it …we were not allowed to go swimming in it. Read the rest of this entry »

JAMALPUR – beauty of a small town!

By Richa Sinha,

As I start on a journey of putting my thoughts into words & sharing them with you, it is just befitting that I start from the very beginning. The beginning of me!

I hail from a small town in Bihar (India) called Jamalpur. And, I wouldn’t blame it on you for not having heard of it earlier. I would start with describing it for you as the most beautiful town ever, picturesque, full with its share of hills, lakes & waterfalls. It is best known for hosting India’s first & the largest Railway workshop. It also boasts of churning out in its foothills, the most revered Special Class Railway Apprentices, better understood as the Indian Railways’ top brass, its mighty officers. Thanks to the Railways, Jamalpur has always had a very cosmopolitan feel.

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