Kolkata, Jan 18 (Agencies): Night train service through Jungle Mahal, suspended since Gyaneswari mishap on May 28 last year, would be restored after the state government assures about its safety, a senior Railway official said on Tuesday.

Jungle Mahal is the Maoist-affected forested area of three districts in West Bengal -- West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.

"Passenger safety and security is of paramount importance before resuming our services. The SER has its own intelligence and security, but we need assurance from the state government which has a major role in ensuring security to rail services," South Eastern Railway, General Manager Benoy Mittal said here.

Mittal was talking to reporters at the state secretariat after making a courtesy call to West Bengal Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh and Home Secretary G D Gautama.

To a question on when the train services through Jungle Mahal would be restored, Mittal said "Trains were never cancelled, they were rescheduled. Normal schedule will be restored with the restoration of normalcy".

Altogether 71 trains runs through Jungle Mahal with the help of 1,900 RPF personnel and 33 other trains operate with the help of GRP, he said.

Mittal said the SER authorities already had held talks with the Jharkhand government regarding security aspects on railway tracks.