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Advance train ticket sale from Sep 26

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Return ticket from Oct 3 Staff Reporter Bangladesh Railway will start selling advance train tickets on September 26 in an effort to facilitate the journey of homebound people during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. Railways Minister Mujibul Haque announced the decision while talking to reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting at Railway Bhaban here on Tuesday. Railway high officials, Rab, BGB, Police and Home Ministry officials concerned were present at the meeting. The sale of return tickets will begin on October 3, said the minister adding that one person will be allowed to buy maximum four tickets. Mujibul Haque said security has already been beefed up at some important railway stations ahead of Eid. Police, Rab, RNB and GRP members will be deployed at the railway stations to maintain law and order, he added. Besides, a total of five pairs of trains will operate on several routes three days before the Eid and three days after the festival. Two pairs of train will run on Chittagong-Laksham-Chandpur route while one pair each on Dhaka-Dewanganj Bazar, Dhaka-Khulna and Dhaka-Parbatipur routes. Some 130 coaches will be added to the existing 848 trains across the country to ensure smooth train services ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, the minister said. The tickets for the journey of October 1 will be available on September 26 while that of October 2 will be sold on September 27. Meanwhile, tickets for October 3 will be sold on September 28 and that of October 4 on September 29 and that of October 5 will be available on September 30, the Railway Minister said. The return tickets for the journey of October 7 to October 11 will be sold from October 3 to October 8, he added. October 6 will be counted as holiday for Eid-ul-Azha. The Railways Ministry has cancelled the leave of railway officials concerned who have important responsibility during the Eid. Besides, Railway police, Railway Nirapotta Bahini, Police and Rab members will be deployed at railway stations across the country to check black marketing of tickets. A control room will be set up at the Railway Bhaban to monitor everything, while vigilance teams will be deployed at some important stations to maintain law and order, the minister said.