Several Flights, Trains Cancelled As Protests Continue In Assam Over CAB; Army, Paramilitary Force Deployed
Several Flights, Trains Cancelled As Protests Continue In Assam Over CAB; Army, Paramilitary Force DeployedPeople in Assam protest against the settlement of illegal immigrants in the state. (Daily Sokal)

Several trains and flights were cancelled on Thursday (12 December) 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 15, 16 and 17 December."

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 (13 December), 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 (13 December), "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 13 December, "due to ongoing unrest in Assam".

Vistara said it has also cancelled the flights to and from Guwahati and Dibrugarh till 13 December, as per government advice due to current disturbances in Assam.

Northeastern 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 also 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.

(With inputs from IANS)

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