Dimapur: With more than 1,300 persons from the Northeast on board, the special Shramik train which started from Gurugram in Haryana on Thursday is expected to reach New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station in West Bengal later in the evening on Sunday, sources told EastMojo.
This was after the first special train bound for Dimapur in Nagaland was mobbed at Danapur railway station in Bihar around 4 am on Sunday morning.
According to sources, members of NGO Seva Bharati will provide food and water to all the passengers and also medical assistance, if required, once the train reaches NJP station.
The train was expected to reach Dimapur by 5.45 am on Sunday, but is now delayed by over 16 hours. According to officials, the train is expected to reach Dimapur on Monday around 2-3 am.
Eariler in the day, EastMojo got in touch with Shanavas C, principal director of school education and nodal officer for COVID-19 related activities outside the state, who confirmed that as the train stopped at Danapur railway station in Bihar, “some migrants tried to enter the train in the early morning hours”.
“Then railway police was informed and they [were] moved out of the train,” he added and further assured that the situation is under control and that there “are no issues as of now”.
While the train is reportedly stopping at various railway stations, becoming a concern, he said: “This is happening with all the trains in the country. State governments are conveying this concern to the railways.”
In viral videos of the incident which circulated online, a mob is seen attacking the train, causing damage to the window panes, in what could be a result of possible stone pelting.
In a video, a woman is heard speaking in Nagamese: “Watch out, all of them have boarded. How will we stay here? It is scary.” In another video, the passengers on board are seen in confrontation with the persons who boarded the train.
As reported earlier, a 23-year-old Naga girl, who boarded the same train from Gurugram in Haryana on Friday to return to Nagaland had passed away. While the body was taken for postmortem in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, the girl was tested negative for COVID-19. The deceased was said to be a liver patient. Shanavas informed that an ambulance was arranged to bring the body back to the state.