Several trains and flights were cancelled on Thursday and all long-distance trains were being terminated at Guwahati, as Assam witnessed widespread violence over the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019.
According to R.D. Vajpayee, Director (Media), Indian Railways, no long-distance train is going beyond Guwahati.
“All these trains are being short terminated at Guwahati and will commence return journey from Guwahati at their scheduled time,” he said.
He said from Delhi and other parts of the country, trains going towards the Northeast Frontier will go normally but return from Guwahati.
“Some of the trains whose linked rakes could not be returned from NFR will stand cancelled from Delhi and other parts of the country. Names of these rakes will be notified by concerned Railways. So far, the NR has cancelled three such trains with journey commencing dates on December 15, 16 and 17.”
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Northeast Frontier Railway informed that at least 30 trains were cancelled or short terminated.
This includes the Dibrugarh Delhi DBRT Rajdhani Express being cancelled for Friday, and the New Delhi DBRT Rajdhani Express will be terminated at Guwahati and will remain cancelled between Guwahati and Dibrugarh.
Flights too have been cancelled in the area.
IndiGo informed on Twitter that it has cancelled all flights to and from Dibrugarh for Thursday “due to the prevailing situation in Assam”.
SpiceJet and GoAir have offered waiver of cancellation fees for all flights to and from Guwahati and Dibrugarh for travel till December 13, “due to ongoing unrest in Assam”.
Vistara said it has also cancelled the flights to and from Guwahati and Dibrugarh till December 13, as per government advice due to current disturbances in Assam.
“Due to the ongoing unrest in Assam, we are waiving rescheduling/cancellation fee to the customers travelling to and from Guwahati and Dibrugarh till December 13,” the airline tweeted.
Northeast states, including Assam and Tripura, are witnessing violence and agitation after the Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019.
Assam witnessed widespread violence on Wednesday, with protesters, including students, taking to the streets across the state, especially Guwahati where the state government has declared an indefinite curfew aimed at maintaining law and order. The administration has also suspended mobile internet service in 10 districts of the state.
Army and paramilitary forces have been deployed in the region to bring the situation under control.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday assured the people of Assam that they need not worry about the Bill and that he and his government were committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people.
Oxygen black marketing racket busted in Kanpur
The crime branch of the Kanpur Police Commissionerate has busted oxygen black-marketing racket and recovered 51 cylinders.
The gas agency owner in Govind Nagar area of the city has been arrested.
According to DCP (crime) Salman Taj Patil, investigations revealed that the agency owner was involved in black marketing of oxygen cylinders.
“Working on the complaints of black marketing of oxygen cylinders, we zeroed in on the gas agency owner near Nad Lal crossing in Govind Nagar area,” said Patil.
The police seized nearly 51 big and small oxygen gas cylinders from godown and took agency owner, Jaswant Singh, into custody for questioning.
“We are seeking ledger details from him regarding sale and purchase of Oxygen cylinder in past few days. He will be booked under relevant sections of the IPC if charges against him are found to be true,” the police officer said.
Following the incident, City Police Commissioner Asim Arun warned against the hoarding, illegal buying or selling of oxygen cylinders.
The Kanpur unit of Special Task Force (STF) had, on Thursday last, arrested three people with 265 Remdesivir injections meant for sale in black market.
“Traders are cashing in on the virus ‘panic’ by jacking up prices of the product,” said an official.
He further said that some of these cylinders were being sold to Covid-19 patients under home quarantine at exorbitant prices.
Kerala solar scam accused Saritha Nair arrested
The Kasaba Police officials from Kozhikode district of Kerala on Thursday early morning took into custody Solar scam accused Saritha Nair from the state capital city for failing to appear before the court, despite warrants being issued to her.
The warrant was issued by the Kozhikode Chief Judicial Magistrate Court -3 in a case of cheating committed by her when she took money from a person but failed to deliver solar panels to him.
This court had earlier asked her to appear before them on February 25, but she failed to do so and the police later on Thursday will produce her before the court, as she is now being taken to Kozhikode.
Incidentally Saritha can take the credit for bringing down the 2011-16 Oommen Chandy government on account of the scams involving her and a few office members of the Chandy office, which the Left used widely in their election campaign in 2016.
This case in which she has been arrested was registered during the tenure of the Chandy government and according to reports there are around half a dozen similar cheating cases registered against her starting from 2012 at various police stations in Kerala.
At the fag end of the present Pinarayi Vijayan government she is creating heartbreaks to the present administration in an alleged fake appointment racket case, in which one person has already been arrested.
State Excise Minister T.P. Ramakrishnan on Wednesday flatly denied having any dealings with Solar accused Saritha Nair.
In the fake appointment case, where money was collected from various people promising them a job at the state-run Kerala State Beverages Corporation (Bevco), the police have already arrested a partner of Saritha Nair.
On Wednesday, an audio clip believed to be that of Saritha Nair surfaced wherein she is heard talking about the role of Ramakrishnan and the then MD of Bevco Sparjan Kumar — a top IPS official.
Flatly denying having anything to do with the fake appointment case, Ramakrishnan said, “Never ever have I had anything to do with such people. Strict action will be taken against any foul play if it has happened in the appointments made,” said the Minister.
Five of family killed, several hurt as train rams into truck
Five persons were killed and several injured when the Lucknow-Chandigarh express rammed into a truck, a DCM trailer and two motorbikes on the railway track on Thursday morning.
The incident took place in Katra police circle early on Thursday morning and the gateman did not close the railway crossing gate.
The train driver tried to apply the emergency brakes but could not prevent the collision.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the deaths and has directed the district officials to ensure proper treatment of the injured. He has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of the deceased.
Circle Officer, Tilhar, Parmanand Pandey said that the four of the five bodies had been identified. All of them belonged to one family and were on the truck.
District Magistrate Indra Vikram Singh said that the railway track was being cleared so that traffic could resume at the earliest.
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