Guwahati: A major tragedy was averted on Thursday when the Army came to the rescue of the passengers of Silchar – Dibrugarh – Brahmapurtra Express in Assam. Anti-CAB protesters had stopped the train at Naharkatia Railway Station and was planning to set it on fire. The Army reached the spot, brought the situation under control and
“The Railway authorities requested for urgent help to save the passengers and Railway property. Responding immediately, Army and Assam Rifles Columns which were on standby rushed to the spot, immediately took charge of the situation, drove out the mob, managed to rescue the passengers to safety and provided urgent medical attention,” Defence PRO Lt Col P Khongsai said.
“If the troops had not arrived in time, we would not have been alive” said a rescued train passenger.
In another incident on Wednesday, Army rescued two policemen who were grievously injured and surrounded by mobs in Duliajan, Upper Assam. The rescued constable had a deep gash after he was attacked with a ‘Dah’, a sharp weapon, and the SHO had injuries on his hands and legs. The troops succeeded in assuaging the crowd and escorted the injured to the local hospital.
The Army have been conducting Flag Marches in Guwahati and other parts of Assam to maintain calm in these areas which have been witnessing massive protests. Five columns of Army have been deployed in Assam. One Army column has 70 personnel of all ranks.