Militant threat forces Assam to suspend night trains

Guwahati: Even as security has been put on maximum alert in the run-up to the Republic Day celebrations, the government has suspended night running of trains across Assam for seven days in view of intelligence inputs about threats from different militant groups, including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

As many as 27 trains, including the Guwahati-Dibrugarh stretches of the Rajdhani Express, have been cancelled between January 24 and 30 while several long-distance trains linking Dibrugarh and Guwahati with Kolkata, New Jalpaiguri, New Delhi and Alipurduar have been either regulated or cancelled for some stretches.

The list of suspended trains includes most trains running between Guwahati and north Bengal while almost every train linking Guwahati with places like Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Nagaon, Dimapur, Tinsukia and Dhubri has been suspended for the next seven days.

Timing of several trains linking Guwahati with New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Puri has also been rescheduled.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Frontier Railways has also cancelled all trains on the Lumding-Silchar route in the Hill Section in view of a 100-hour bandh called by several organisations in the Dima Hasao (erstwhile North Cachar Hills) district since Saturday. These include the Lumding-Agartala Express, Lumding-Silchar Express and the Barak Valley Express.