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WB govt steps in, Assam people stranded at Howrah station now

Hundreds of people, stranded in transit at the Howrah station here owing to suspension of passenger train services during lockdown, have been transported by bus by the West Bengal government on way to their respective destinations, state Transport Secretary N S Nigam said here on Thursday. Most of these people, who had been outside the station building since Saturday midnight, had a harrowing time spending the nights in the open and desperately seeking avenues to return home, before the state authorities came to their rescue. Eastern Railway authorities claimed that the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel provided security to them as also with food before they were ferried to their respective destinations by bus by the state government. The Railways had suspended train services, except for some suburban trains, on Sunday owing to the Janta Curfew announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It then announced the suspension of all passenger trains from Sunday ...

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