Train derails as ultras trigger blast in Assam

Three bogies and a trolley of Barak Valley Express were derailed after militants blew up a portion of rail track in a powerful blast in central Assam`s North Cachar Hills district, where ultras have called for an indefinite bandh.

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2010, 17:35 PM IST

Haflong: Three bogies and a trolley of
Barak Valley Express were derailed after militants blew up a
portion of rail track in a powerful blast in central Assam`s
North Cachar Hills district, where ultras have called for an
indefinite bandh.

There was no casualty in the incident, Northeast
Frontier Railway headquarters spokesman S Hajong said in
Guwahati.
The explosion on the rail tracks occurred around 12.30
PM, causing the 5693 down train, proceeding from Lumding to
Silchar in Cachar district, to jump the rails in a remote
place between Lower Haflong and Bagatar railway station,
Hajong said.

The rear trolley and three bogies derailed due to the
blast after about 70 metre of the railway track was damaged.
The movement of trains was stopped, he said, adding Railway
and police officials have rushed to the site.

Meanwhile, the Dima Halam Daogah (Dilip Nunisa) group
has called an indefinite district bandh from today demanding
the arrest of district Additional Superintendent of Police
Amitav Sinha and four DHD (Jewel) faction members for
allegedly assaulting one of its cadres on October 23 at Gabao
Village.
Business establishments and shops downed their
shutters and educational institutions remained closed, while
vehicles were off the roads, sources said.

The bandh, however, did not affect the Jatinga
International Festival, showcasing rich cultural diversity of
the Dima Hasao District, which was inaugurated by Governor J B
Patnaik.

PTI