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Bomb threat puts New Jalpaiguri railway station on high alert

Siliguri: Security agencies continued checking and frisking operations at the New Jalpaiguri railway station, which remained on high alert on Sunday in the wake of a specific threat from the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

New Jalpaiguri Area Railway Manager Partha Sarathi Sel said that Army personnel, along with Government of Railway Police and Railway Protection Force and bomb detection squads were jointly continuing search operations since Saturday night with the help of sniffer dogs.

Thorough checking

Every train compartment was being checked thoroughly and the entire railway station put under security surveillance, Mr. Sel said.

According to a railway security source, NDFB activists conspired to blow up the busy North-Eastern railway station to avenge the recent death of three activists in police firing in Kokrajhar along the Assam-West Bengal border.

Superintendent of Railway Police Jayanta Paul, however, said security forces remained alert in and around the station complex and hence the passengers had no reason to panic.

The RPF had recently recovered a bomb from a stationary passenger train in Guwahati station, which was suspected to be planted by NDFB militants. – PTI

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