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Robbers loot train passengers

Silchar, July 15: Nearly 60 passengers of the Agartala-Lumding passenger train were injured when a gang of robbers attacked them and looted valuables in Karimganj district of south Assam last night.

A CRPF jawan, N.R. Paul, was seriously injured by the 10-member gang when he tried to thwart the attack. He has been admitted to Badarpur railway hospital.

A flurry of protests ensued in the wake of the attack.

The area manager of NF Railway at Badarpur rail junction, N. Harikumar, today expressed regret over the “failure” of railway security staff in pre-empting such an assault on the passengers, and added that he had already intimated the senior divisional security commissioner in Lumding station about it.

Harikumar said a senior official of the government railway police force, B. Dhar Medhi, had arrived at the site of the incident from Lumding for an inquiry into the train robbery.

According to the railway sources in Karimganj railway station, where this train had halted for some time on its way to Badarpur junction, the robbers, who had boarded the train near Kalkalighat station, managed an easy escape as there was hardly any security presence inside in the reserved compartment.

Sunil Saha, 42, a passenger bound for Patherkandi station in Karimganj, said he, along with his wife and small daughter, had no other option but to part with the ornaments that they were carrying. The BJP’s women cell leader, Sipra Gun, blamed the security lapse for the incident.