Militants attack goods train in Assam, traffic hit
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 22:36
Haflong: Traffic on Lumding-Silchar route in Assam's Cachar district was affected after unidentified Ultras fired at a goods train on Wednesday, setting its engine on fire and injuring the driver near Haflong in NC Hills district.

The insurgents fired from nearby hills on Down Jironia goods train, carrying essential food items from Lumding to Silchar, at a remote place between Lower Haflong and Maigrendisa railway stations at about 1.30 pm, official sources said.

Driver P N Hazarika suffered bullet wounds on his thigh and was admitted to the Haflong civil hospital, Northeast Frontier Railway spokesman S Hajong said.

The incident led to fire breaking out in a part of the engine but it was doused by railway and security personnel.

The metre gauge Hill Line between Lumding and Badarpur to Silchar in Cachar district was closed as efforts were on to remove the train by tonight, the sources said.

The identity of the insurgents is yet to be ascertained and a search operation has been launched to track them, sources said.


First Published: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 22:36

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