Five killed in Rajdhani blast, services resume

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Guwahati, Dec 13 (UNI) At least five people were killed and about ten injured as a blast ripped through a compartment of the Rajdhani Express early today near Dimapur, however train services have been resumed on the section.

The Rajdhani Express proceeded towards New Delhi after the damaged rake was detached from the train.

The North East Frontier Railway (NEFR) authorities, meanwhile, stepped up the vigilance in all its sections.

The train reached Guwahati shortly before noon after starting its journey from Bokajan at 0600 hours this morning. The authorities informed that the train was allowed to go after a thorough check up.

At least five people were killed when suspected Adivasi militants triggered the blast at Sungajan near Dimapur.

NEFR spokesman from the headquarters at Maligaon Trikalagya Rabha said the deceased were identified as Satyaprakash Rai (45), Sudama Rai (45), Lakshman Rai (44), A K Sah (20) and D Prasad (19). The four seriously injured people were admitted to the Dimapur Civil Hospital in Nagaland.

The death toll may go up as the injured were stated to be in critical condition.

The NEFR official said, all people travelling in the parcel coach were bonafide passengers. The Railways claimed that parcel van in the train was utilised to accommodate passengers travelling between Dibrugarh and Guwahati.

According to a police source, a programmable timed device was placed there by some of the passengers who got down in Morioni. The police suspect the hand of Adivasi militants in the whole episode as they were active in Tinsukia-Dibrugarh region from where the train originated.

The blast did not damage the tracks and the driver managed to take the train to nearest Bokajan station. Condition of five other passengers was also stated to be critical and were shifted to Dimapur civil hospital.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi condemned the incident.

Meanwhile, police has arrested the top brass of Adivasi militants and according to their confession, they had hatched plans to disrupt whole of Assam.

UNI

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