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30 August 2012

Northeast Returns: Special Train From Guwahati

By Anup Sharma

Guwahati, Aug 30
: The North East Frontier Railway (NFR) will run a special train between Guwahati and Bangalore on September 1 to facilitate return of those students and workers who had left cities in southern India following apprehensions of a probable attack, the NFR said on Wednesday.

The Bangalore special will leave Guwahati railway station in Paltan Bazar at 1.15 pm. The train is expected to reach Bangalore on Monday evening, the source informed.

The special train will have 14 sleeper class coaches to accommodate maximum number of people, said an NFR spokesperson while talking to The Pioneer. The train, he said, will start its return journey from Bangalore to Guwahati the next day — Tuesday, September 4.

On August 22, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had requested the railway head in this part of the country to run some special trains between Guwahati and Bangalore to help those, who had returned from Bangalore and other cities earlier.

“A special train will leave Guwahati railway station on September 1 around 1.15 pm. The decision to run the special train was taken after the Assam Government asked the NFR to run special trains. However, we are not aware about any such demand for a special train between Guwahati and Bangalore,” the NFR spokesperson added.

The issue of running more such trains between the stretches depends on demands from passengers, he said.

The exodus of people of the North-East from southern cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai started from August 15 after rumours went viral online; SMSs and MMSs asked the North-East migrants to leave the respective cities before August 20 or face dire consequences.

Coming under pressure, the Karnataka Government had later arranged nine special trains from Bangalore to Guwahati.

The situation, however, improved later as the respective State Governments resorted to strict action against rumour-mongers and appealed to the people of the North-East to return to the States.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka had visited Assam on August 25 and Manipur on August 26 and assured people of the North-East of foolproof security in Bangalore and requested them to return to the State and resume work as well as studies.

He also met Chief Minister Gogoi and assured him that the people, who had fled the Silicon Valley of India, would be reinstated. He appealed to the CM to arrange special trains to facilitate return.

About 34,627 people from various parts of South India left for Guwahati from Bangalore railway station since August 15 in nine special trains.


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