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Kolkata: Over the last few days, many in social media have lauded the Centre’s alleged move to rename Burdwan railway station after revolutionary freedom fighter Batukeswar Dutta.

Some news outlets even conducted interviews of Dutta’s family and published news item wherein the family expressed happiness at the development.

But after so much hullaballoo, it now turns out that the Centre never made a move to rename the railway station!

The news was at best a rumour spread by right-wing ultra-nationalists.

The railways ministry today 30 July issued a statement saying that no proposal is under consideration for changing the name of Burdwan (spelled Bardhhaman in railways record) railway station.

The statement also clarifies that to rename a station the recommendation must come from the concerned state government.

Subsequent to this, no objection certificates shall have to be issued on the proposal by the ministry of railways, ministry of science and technology, the Surveyor General of India and the postal department.

It is than that the Union home ministry, which is the only competent authority on renaming a station, issues a notification approving the new name.

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