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Railway service in Tripura affected
Published on 19 Oct. 2010 1:09 AM IST
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Rail traffic between Tripura and the rest of the country has been affected since the past two weeks following sudden disruption of railway connectivity in the Lumbding-Badarpur section of south Assam.
Road transport was also affected as the frequency of bus service between Agartala and Guwahati has also reduced substantially with the introduction of railway service. Only one or two buses from a private operator had been plying and it was not following any scheduled movement, reports UNI.
‘’Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded at Guwahati Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) but there was no direct bus service up to Agartala. Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) had also cancelled their buses owing to non-availability of passengers,’’ rued a passenger who finally travelled by air from Guwahati.
Allegedly, brokers in ISBT and Paltan Bazar area had been selling fake tickets for Agartala, Silchar and Aizawl at high costs but even after registering complaints with police there, no action was taken.
Officials here today said the issue of cheating in ISBT and other bus terminuses at Guwahati was taken up with the Assam government several times but nothing had been done yet.
Flash floods and repeated landslides in the hill section had disrupted train service from October 8.
Man pushed out of running train
Four Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans have been accused of throwing out a passenger from a running train following which he sustained severe injuries and lost one of his hands.
According to report, the state police detained four accused RPF personnel for a night but all of them were released later. The victim’s family alleged that police did not even initiate further investigation in the case and was trying to close the chapter.
Reportedly, there was an altercation between RPF jawans and a passenger on an Agartala-bound train on October 13 night following which they kicked him out of the train. The fellow passengers protested against the incident and stopped the train at Jirania near Agartala.
Finally, police detained the RPF personnel and shifted the victim to Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) in a critical condition. The victim had multiple injuries and his right hand was mangled. Earlier this month, the Tripura government had strengthened security in railway stations in Tripura by setting up five Government Railway Police Stations (GRPS). GRPS is one of the units of Tripura Police which is entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the passengers and the Railway properties.

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