GUWAHATI, May 12 � Though Arunachal Pradesh was brought into the Railway map of India with the introduction of train services to Naharlagun on April 7, the services were suspended on May 9 following an agitation by two student bodies, while the Government of that state also failed to provide cooperation to the Railways to keep the services going.
Initially it was reported that the train services were suspended following damage caused to the tracks by floods, but a letter written by the Divisional Railway Manager, Rangiya to the Chief Operating Officer of the NF Railway tells a totally different story.
The letter, a copy of which is available with The Assam Tribune, said that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh did not cooperate with the Railways to keep the services going, which forced the suspension of the services.
The letter said that the All Nishi Students� Union (ANSU) and All Papum Pare District Students� Union threatened to cause damage to Railway property and demanded that trains to Naharlagun should be suspended. The matter was intimated to the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh immediately.
The DRM received phone calls from the Superintendent of Police, Papum Pare and the Deputy Commissioner of the district on May 8 and they sought suspension of train services due to security reasons.
Immediately after receiving the calls, the DRM sent messages to the Chief Secretary informing him about the calls that he had received from the DC and the SP. He said in his message that the DC and the SP had requested suspension of train services to Naharlagun. He also sought the advice of the Chief Secretary in writing in this regard. The Chief Secretary in his reply, said, �it is a security advisory. Rest is yours. We are short of police force in view of the election.� The train services to Naharlagun were suspended immediately after receiving the message from the Chief Secretary, the DRM said in his letter, copies of which were also given to the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh, the DC and the SP of Papum Pare and senior officers of the NF Railway.