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Passengers face harrowing time
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Apr 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Apr. 2009 1:31 AM IST
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Diphu bomb blast on Sunday had created a harrowing time for passengers for Dimapur bound Brahamaputra Mail as their train was stranded for about 16 long hours in Lumding. Some passengers speaking to this reporter said the railway officials in Lumding did not give any information about how long the train would be stranded. Passengers instead had to get down on and off from the train to enquire about the schedule departure from Lumding. For food, the passengers had to place orders in the pantry. Families of passengers said that when they tried to contact railway officials in Dimapur, the phone was unattended. Some personnel in the enquiry section also could not give any specific information about the arrival of the train. There were also other trains that were delayed by the blasts causing immense inconvenience to passengers. Brahmaputra Mail from Guwahati was delayed and arrived Dimapur only at about 4 p.m. Monday. The KLNLF militants allegedly exploded a bomb on a railway track in Karbi Anglong district Sunday night shortly before the Kolkata-Dibrugarh Kamrup Express was to pass derailing a security patrol engine. A second blast was heard some four kilometers short of Diphu at a place between Diphu and Nilalang. Sources said an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered by suspected KLNLF militants on the track at Kalahandle between Doldoli and Diphu railway stations in central Assam at around 9.15 pm IST. in which a security patrol engine preceding the train was hit.

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