Assam train derailment: 16 arrested

The CRPF in a join raid with the state police arrested 16 persons in connection with the blast that led to the derailment of the Guwahati-Puri Express earlier this week.

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2011, 14:11 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Guwahati: The CRPF in a join raid with the state police arrested 16 persons in connection with the blast that led to the derailment of the Guwahati-Puri Express earlier this week.

As per reports, the suspects were nabbed in simultaneous raids carried out yesterday night at 2 am at two locations in the Rangiya area of Kamrup district.

The Assam People’s Army (APA) had claimed responsibility for the blast which led to the derailment of four bogies of the Guwahati-Puri Express between Rangia and Ghagrapar at around 8.30 pm on Monday. The explosion was triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Thirteen people were injured in the accident.

The APA has been demanding setting up an Adivasi autonomous council in tea gardens areas, had last month planted a similar bomb in the Guwahati-bound Kanchenjunga Express.