Assam: Railways resume operation in NC Hills

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Guwahati, May 25: The North East Frontier Railway (NFR) today resumed its operation in the North Cachar Hills district after a gap of ten days following assurance from the Assam government of foolproof security.

NFR spokesman Samir Goswami said the assurance of the state government to provide adequate security arrangements and thorough review of security measures in a closed-door meeting in presence of the Inspector General of Police (Law and Order), Assam government, IG/RPSF, Railway Board and senior Railway officials of NFR in its headquarters at Maligaon yesterday, it had been decided that the train service on the 185 km-long Lumding-Badarpur Hill Section (Meter Gauge Section in North Cachar) would resume from this morning.

Mr Goswami said a consensus decision was also taken during another meeting held in Maligaon, in which all the union representatives and senior officials of NFR were present.

Initially, there were some apprehensions among the employees unions, but after discussion and clarification of all the security measures, all the employees agreed to restore the train services on Lumding-Badarpur section under Lumding Division of NFR.

Earlier, the state government, highly embarrassed by the NFR's withdrawal from the violence-torn district, mounted the pressure on the Railways to resume the operation.

The NFR employees were agitated over the continuous attacks on the railway employees and property by the Dimasa militants in the district where the militants killed 22 people last week.


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