Sushanta Talukdar

Guwahati: The Centre on Wednesday asked the Army, Northeast Frontier Railways, Assam Police and the North Cachar Hills district administration to work out a coordinated mechanism for restoration of train services.

A high-level Central team led by Special Security (Internal Security) Raman Srivastava during a visit to the district expressed concern over frequent disruption and suspension of train services in the Lumding-Badarpur section passing through N.C. Hills due to repeated attacks by militants of the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel faction) on both passenger and goods trains. Over the last three years from 2006 to 2009 more than 80 people including railway staff have been killed in militant attacks on trains on this hill section of the N.F. Railways.

A senior State government official said restoration of train services ahead of the monsoon is highly critical to supplies of essential commodities to the hill district, Barak Valley and the neighbouring States of Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur.

The team included Joint Secretary (North East) at the Ministry of Home Affairs Naveen Verma and Directors-General of the CRPF and the Railway Protection Force.

Review meeting was also attended by Assam Chief Secretary P.C. Sarma and General Manager of N.F. Railways Ashutosh Swami.