Trains cancelled in Assam over security concerns

Guwahati, Aug 2 : Security concerns following sabotage of railway tracks by insurgents at two places in western Assam ahead of Independence Day celebrations led the Northeast Frontier (NF) Railways to cancel or short-terminate several trains today.

'Due to security reasons over Assam areas and accident between Fakiragram and Kokrajhar, several trains will remain cancelled / partially cancelled / short terminated," NF Railway sources said.

Militants had damaged tracks at two spots near Kokrajhar yesterday, causing derailment of a goods train.

A little known Bodo outfit had later claimed responsibility and warned of more such attacks in the run-up to the August 15 celebrations.

Among the trains affected are mostly passenger trains running between Alipurduar and eastern Assam.

Night running of trains are routinely stopped across Assam on the eve of any national day celebration as militants repeatedly target the trains.