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Over 10 hours journey ordeal from Dmu-Ghy
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Jul 11(NPN):
Published on 12 Jul. 2010 12:18 AM IST
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Train passengers have been made to undergo tremendous hardship as a consequence of the July 8 derailment of the Garib Rath Express from Guwahati to Kolkata after it derailed when the tracks were damaged by blast triggered by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). Most of the trains along the route at Kokrajhar had to be suspended and some rerouted through Guwahati-Dibrugarh-Tinsukia route.The consequence of the suspension and rerouting led to delays which later got compounded.
This was experienced by hundreds of passengers travelling by the Dibrugarh -New Delhi Brahmaputra Mail on Sunday. The train arrived Dimapur at around 8.30 a.m. instead of the normal 5 a.m. and a few hundred who waited since the wee hours probably heaved some relief when the train finally left Dimapur at around 9 a.m. That meant that passengers had waited for over four hours at the railway station.
Railway sources when contacted said the trains were delayed for two hours owing to the blast and suspension of night trains due to security reasons. It may also be recalled, that the proscribed NDFB (Anti Talk faction) had owned responsibility for the July – blast in which a minor was killed. The outfit had also warned of more attacks not only on trains but also on passengers travelling by public transport.
The Brahmaputra Mail on Sunday, after leaving Dimapur stopped at various places, more than the scheduled stops due to many up trains crossing over at the same time. Even before arrival at the Guwahati railway station, the train had halted for over an hour due to unusual traffic.
Finally, the Brahmaputra Mail arrived Guwahati at 7 p.m. Passengers travelling by the train said to make matters worse, the train could hardly provide decent food to the passengers. The entire journey from Dimapur to Guwahati that normally takes 6½ hours took a little over 10 hours, not mentioning the time passengers were at the railway station before arrival of the train to Dimapur.
Aside from the inconveniences at the north eastern section of the railway which are more of the rule than the exception, travelling has also become hazardous with militants triggering explosives or miscreants pelting stones for whatever reasons and only victimizing poor passengers and trains.
It maybe mentioned that, at least one person was killed and seven wounded two of them critically, in a powerful explosion on July 8 that ripped apart the engine and a coach of a passenger train in Assam, officials said. A police spokesperson said the blast took place at 2.15 am at Babubil in Kokrajhar district.

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