Tripura demands railway security from Assam

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Agartala, Nov 14: Tripura has expressed concern over cancellation of train services between Agartala and Lumding(Assam) and demanded ensuring security in North Cachar Hill area for safe movement of trains to the state.

Transport department officials said here today the Assam government was not serious about railway security in its southern part and as a result, Dimasa Black Widow (DBW) militants attacked a train in Jatinga yesterday, which forced Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to cancel the Lumding-Agartala train.

Transport Minister Manik Dey told the media here that the state government would take up the matter with Assam as well as with Delhi because Agartala got connected with the rest of the country through rail only a month ago and it received a blow with the incident.

Railway service in Tripura had been affected for the past two days following threat from the DBW while NFR authority had suspended six trains, running between Lumding and Badarpur road till November 27 and made it clear that unless adequate security was given the train would move from Lumding to south direction.

The NFR authority suspended night service of both passenger and goods trains on Lumding-Badarpur road on Tuesday with instruction of the Assam government following threat by the DBW, disrupting normal service in Tripura and South Assam.

Meanwhile, private bus operators in Agartala have suspended service between Agartala-Guwahati and Agartala-Silchar for an indefinite period alleging non-cooperation of Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) yesterday. They also alleged that transport and sale tax officials in the Tripura-Assam border, besides TRTC, had been charging huge bribe from the bus owners.


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