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Tripura road, rail links snap

Agartala, Nov. 14: Road and rail links with Tripura have been cut off after an attack by Dimasa “Black Widow” rebels on a moving goods train and an indefinite strike called by the inter-state bus owners.

After lying low for some months, the “Black Widow” rebels have renewed their offensive of late, attacking a goods train on Wednesday night and again firing on another Badarpur-bound goods train yesterday between Bageta and Jatinga.

The rebels have been targeting the railway service between Lumding and Badarpur in Assam as part of an attempt to subvert the conversion of the metre gauge track into broad gauge.

Reacting to the attack, the NF railway authorities temporarily stopped running of night trains on the Lumding-Badarpur track since yesterday. The suspension of the night service has put the passengers in a spot as the strike launched by the inter-state bus owners from today and suspension of services to Guwahati and Silchar has cut off road communication.

Rakesh Chanda, spokesman for the Inter-state Bus Service Providers Association, said the strike would continue till their demands were met.

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