By- Staff Reporter | Date- July 25, 2012
Over 25,000 Rail passengers are trapped and many more distressed in the violence-hit Assam and suffering. Although the Railways are reported to have sent an SOS to the Home Ministry to rush security forces and thereby ensure their safe return, there has been no development so far.
I was expecting to reach home overnight, but now I am stuck and my 9month old baby is out of food and water, said a tearful young mother who was returning from New Delhi after a medical treatment of the child almost panicked after getting stranded in the train for more than day.
Several students and their parents, stuck in Guwahati Station, who were scheduled to seek admission in Colleges outside Assam, have lost hope already and now fears of losing an academic year.
Prabin Kakati, of Dibrugarh, who was taking her ailing mother suffering from cancer for treatment in Mumbai angrily shouted Whatever happens anywhere, whether the riot affected victims or us stranded hopelessly, we the common people have to suffer.
Where the hell are the Army Jawans now? Or they can only shoot youth in encounters or molest village girls of our motherland, shouted an angry woman in her twenties. She was travelling to Kolkata for a Visa interview with the US consulate as she was offered a PHD programme in a reputed University of USA. Now I might not get the chance, I have missed the interview, she cried in depression.
It is to be mentioned that as many as 37 trains, including three Rajdhani Expresses, have been held up within the 54 km stretch between Srirampur and Salakati railway stations under the North East Frontier Railway. The Railways have so far cancelled 26 trains, including the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express.
Meanwhile Railway Minister Mukul Roy yesterday held an emergency meeting of the Railway Board and took stock of the situation. The Railways claimed that they were providing water and food to stranded passengers, but passengers have claimed otherwise.