Rajdhani Express attacked as Assam violence rages unabated
Fresh violence on Tuesday rocked the trouble-torn Bodoland Territorial Administered Districts in Assam where the Rajdhani Express was attacked by some persons even as the entire train services to and from the Northeast was hit.
Unidentified persons pelted stones and attacked the coaches of the Guwahati-bound Rajdhani Express at Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar district damaging four coaches, though there were no casualty or injuries, North East Frontier Railway sources said.
The train has been turned back and halted at Kamakhyaguri station bordering West Bengal, but the authorities were considering to take it to Coochbehar.
Sporadic incidents of violence and arson were reported from different parts of Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts while the situation remains tense in neighbouring Bongaigaon and Udalguri districts.
Indefinite curfew continues in Kokrajhar while night curfew will continue in Dhubri and Chirang districts in the ethnic violence in BTAD districts which has claimed 21 districts, the police said.
More than 50,000 people have taken shelter in 75 relief camps set up by the district authorities, most of them in worst-affected Kokrajhar district.
Assam DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury is scheduled to visit the violence-racked districts today to take stock of the situation.
Assam Revenue Minister Prithbi Majhi and Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka have rushed to the district on the direction of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while forest minister Rockybul Hussain, food and civil supplies minister Nazrul Islam and tourism minister Chandan Brahma were already camping there.
A delegation of BJP and Congress has also arrived in the trouble-torn districts to assess the situation.