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Robbers strike at Cachar Express once again

SILCHAR, July 13: After a long lull, the train robbers were once again active in the hill section as a group of eight dacoits looted the passengers of Silchar bound Cachar Express in between Lower Haflong and Bagetor in the wee hours of Wednesday. Almost all the passengers of the ill-fated general coach number 2 sustained injuries out of which seven were admitted in Badarpur railway hospital. Sources said that the dacoits had snatched cash and valuables amounting at least rupees two lakh. The injured were admitted in the Badarpur rail hospital included K Laipal (26), a BSF personnel, Sampat Rai (23), Amraghat, Kamal Hussain (28)of Tarinipur, Abdul Malik (30), Morajhar. The victims said, when the train, which left Lumding on Wednesday night, reached Lower Haflong, one youth boarded in the compartment. When the train started to move he opened the door and seven more youths, their faces covered with cloth, entered and switched off the lights. Then they began hitting the passengers and looted their belongings. After 15 minutes unchallenged looting they got down from the train when it reached Bagetor station and vanishedin the jungle. The miscreants were speaking in broken Hindi, though it seemed that they belonged to some tribal community. However, one of them spoke in Bengali. The ill-fated train reached Badarpur station in the morning and the GRP and police began investigation. It is to be noted that looting in running train in the hillsection has became a routine affair from the last year. However, it subsided when authority took some stringent measures. (SentinelAssam)

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