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Govt, NF Rly hailed for helping pilgrims

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, May 27 - The Viswa Hindu Parishad, Guwahati Mahanagar Samity has hailed the initiative of the government and NF Railway in bringing back 58 pilgrims from Assam and Tripura who were stranded at Radhakund, Gobardhan in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.

In a press release, the VHP unit�s president Santi Kumar Singha said the pilgrims were taken to Mathura Railway Station where they were given tickets upto Howrah instead of Silchar and Karimganj in Assam, and Agartala in Tripura. The pilgrims were then ferried to Baharampur in West Bengal by a special train. Thereafter the pilgrims from Assam were brought to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and those from Tripura were brought to New Coochbehar Railway Station by buses without police escort, Sinha said.

However, due to the initiative taken by former Chief Secretary of Tripura Banamali Sinha, NF Railway authorities and government officials at New Jalpaiguri and New Coochbehar, the pilgrims from both the states could travel to their respective destinations by special trains, the VHP leader said.

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