A screen grab of APC and Dimapur COVID-19 In-charge, Kikheto Sema waving as the shramik special train from Delhi arrives in Dimapur Credit: YouTube

Kohima: The final Shramik special train, arranged by the state government to evacuate stranded persons from outside the state, reached Nagaland from Delhi on Tuesday bringing back 583 persons.

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio had earlier informed that a total of 13,226 have returned to the state. With the addition of the final batch of returnees from Delhi, the number of returnees now stands at 13,809.

Speaking with EastMojo, Shanavas C, nodal officer for COVID-19 related activities outside the state, said, “This will be the last special train. From here on, there will be daily train and flight services. But for the government’s arrangement, this is the last.”

The train departed for the state on June 14.

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APC and Dimapur COVID-19 in-charge, Kikheto Sema waving as the Shramik special train from Delhi arrives in Dimapur

According to an official information, district-wise distribution of the passengers is as follows: Peren- 94; Phek- 53; Kohima – 67; Wokha – 28; Zunheboto – 24; Longleng – 6; Mon – 28; Kiphire – 18; Mokokchung – 12; Tuensang – 41; Dimapur – 212. Out of the 583 returnees, three persons were shifted to the COVID hospital in Dimapur.

Meanwhile taking to twitter, spokesperson for COVID-19 and adviser, IT, Science and Technology, NRE, Mmhonlumo Kikon tweeted: “Arrival of Shramik Train from Delhi bringing back our beloved citizens! Welcome home!”. The legislator also attached the video of the train’s arrival which documented the return of 583 persons from Delhi.

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On June 13, a special train from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala brought back 944 passengers from the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Chief nodal officer for inter-state movements said that Nagaland had created history by arranging the Shramik special train covering the longest train route of 4,332 km in India, which is even longer than the train route of Vivek Express.

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