Bomb scare delays train services in Assam, Bengal

Kokrajhar (KOJ): Train services on Friday were disrupted following a bomb scare on railway tracks between Kokrajhar and Fakiragram stations as several trains, including New Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express, were halted in different stations of lower Assam and north Bengal.

The Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani Express was halted at Kokrajhar Station from 8.45am for about three hours, while another New Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express was stopped at New Bongaigaon railway station.

The New Jalpaiguri-bound BG Passenger Train was also stopped at Kokrajhar, while Guwahati-bound Saraighat Express and Dadar Express were halted at Fakiragram and Salakati stations, respectively. Ernakulam Express was halted at New Bongaigaon station.

Kokrajhar SP Sunil Kumar said trains were halted at different stations because there was an input that suspected Kamatapur Liberation Organization rebels have planted an IED between Fakiragram and Kokrajhar stations.

He said a thorough inspection of the railway tracks and the trains were conducted to thwart any subversive attempt of the militant outfit.

According to Northeast Frontier Railways officials in Guwahati, the trains were stopped for about two hours following reports of the rebels planting an IED on the tracks.

However, security forces could not find any explosive on the rail tracks.

Meanwhile, the plying of trucks and other vehicles on national highways in western Assam was thin in the morning as the All Assam Minority Students’ Union and All Bodoland Minority Students’ Union called a blockade on Friday in protest against the killing of a farmer in Gossaigaon on December 24.

Though the blockade was withdrawn, locals were unaware of the development.

Hence, very few vehicles were seen on the highways in the morning.