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Protests, rain hit train service

Itanagar, May 10: Incessant rain and protests by various students’ organisations on the inner-line permit (ILP) issue have led to termination of train services in Arunachal Pradesh.

Non-stop rain over the last couple of days damaged portions of the broad gauge track at Gumto near the state capital in Papum Pare district. The NFR authorities yesterday said the Dekargaon-Naharlagun train services were suspended fearing “law and order situation”.

An NFR statement said the train services “will remain partially cancelled between Harmuti-Naharlagun till further advice”. Harmuti is the last station in Assam.

Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary Ramesh Negi today said train services were suspended without the state administration’s approval. “Everything was done without our approval,” Negi said.

adding: “It started without our approval and now it has been suspended without our approval.”