Every passenger underwent thermal test at Agartala railway station Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: The first Shramik special train carrying around 1,200 Tripura residents stranded in different parts of Karnataka arrived in Agartala railway station on Wednesday.

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Taking to the Twitter, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb wrote, “Shramik spl. train carrying around 1200 stranded people arrived in Agartala from Bangalore today. I am happy as they returned to state safely. They will undergo screening as per health protocals. With blessings of Mata Tripurasundari we will bring back all stranded people.”

Earlier in the morning, the chief minister informed that the second bus carrying residents of Tripura who were stranded in Pune, Maharashtra have started for Agartala.

“I wish them a safe return to home. We are trying our best to coordinate with other states & bring back our people. We are committed to help everyone,” he wrote.

A total of 39,799 Tripura residents stranded in different parts of the country have registered themselves for repatriation with the state government. These include 1,577 from Assam, 12,900 from Karnataka, 8,771 from Tamil Nadu, 1,132 from Telangana, 2,720 from Maharashtra among others.

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As the first batch of stranded persons arrived in Agartala railway station, the platform was sealed. The train coaches were opened in a sequence one after another. Every passenger had to undergo a thermal test and those having symptoms were taken to quarantine centres, while others were advised to undergo home quarantine.

The second train from Karnataka would leave on May 15, while the first train from Chennai is likely to leave on May 14. A train from New Delhi to Agartala has also been announced by the Union ministry of railways.

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