Assam minister Pramila Rani Brahma and others welcoming passengers at Kokrajhar railway station Credit: EastMojo Image 

KOKRAJHAR: Assam minister Pramila Rani Brahma and senior officials of district administration gathered at the Kokrajhar railway station to give a traditional welcome to passengers arriving from New Delhi. They waved traditional Aronai as the first train carrying stranded passengers due to the COVID-19 entered Assam and stopped at the Kokrajhar railway station at around 7.15 pm on Wednesday.

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Out of over 1,000 passengers from various parts of the Northeast, 29 got down at Kokrajhar. The train arrived at Dibrugarh railway station on Thursday morning.

All passengers had to undergo a medical check-up on their arrival and were sent to various quarantine centres set up at different places in the district. Five passengers also boarded the train for Guwahati.

Passengers expressed their joy and gratitude to the government for making arrangements to reach their home state during the time of this global crisis.

Maintaining strict social distancing, necessary arrangement and preparations were made to receive the special train. Two separate gates were made operational at the station.

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Railway station staff, GRPF, RPF, district administration and health department officials were camped at the station for the operation.

Minister Brahma said that the state government had been taking adequate measures to combat the coronavirus in the state. She has also urged all citizens to maintain strict social distancing to combat the outbreak of the disease in the state.

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