Anti-CAB protests hit flight, train services in NE

Anti-CAB protests hit flight, train services in NE

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Guwahati, Dec 12: Flight and railway services have been severely affected in Assam as well as other parts of North East due to the anti-Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) protests in the region, especially in Assam.

An Airports Authority of India, North East Region headquarters, release said here a number of airlines have cancelled their flights to Guwahati and few other airports in the region. Bhutan Airline has cancelled its Guwahati-bound flight from Singapore flight today, and the flight will directly go to Paro.

Vistara Airline has cancelled all its flights bound to North East for today. Further, Spicejet has cancelled four and Indigo has cancelled three flights from Guwahati airport.

Indigo is operating its Kolkata-Dibrugarh-Kolkata flight to clear stranded passengers, though its Guwahati-Imphal flight has been cancelled. In Agartala airport, one Guwahati-bound flight has been cancelled, while rest all operations at the airport were normal. All operations at Shillong airport were normal and special flights are being arranged for Guwahati.

In Dimapur, Lilabari, Jorhat and Silchar airports, operations are normal and stranded passengers are being given food and all necessary requirements. Meanwhile, train movement continued to be affected for the third consecutive day today.

All short distance passenger trains in NE states have been cancelled for today and tomorrow, depending on the situation, a Northeast Frontier Railway source informed. The long distance mail / express passenger trains to and from Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Silchar and Agartala have been short terminated and originated to and from Guwahati and Kamakhya railway stations for today and tomorrow.

Train movement between Guwahati and Dibrugarh had been suspended yesterday.

Assam has been in the grip of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, (CAB), with indefinite curfew in Guwahati and Dibrugarh, Army called in at multiple towns of the state and internet services suspended. (UNI)