Indian Railway Bulletproofing Locomotives

NEW DELHI — An Indian railway that is at times the subject of terrorism is bulletproofing some of its locomotives, officials said.

“The idea is to instill some confidence in our engine drivers,” Northeast Frontier Railways general manager Ashutosh Swami told Indian Express newspaper. “The move, along with the bulletproof jackets which are already being provided by the Assam Police, will boost their morale.”

The move comes as the railway is working to resume operations on its Lumding-Badarpur division. The Black Widow militant group has targeted that section of line, and a strike on May 15 killed an engineer.

The railway will bulletproof eight locomotives, essentially covering the locomotive with bulletproof steel sheets and replacing windows with bulletproof glass.

— News Wire