By Our Correspondent, TNT News | NEW DEHLI, Jan 14, 2018:
Helpless, monetarily exhausted and exposed to the winter chills, as many as 45 students and a professor of North East Hill University (NEHU) who were left stranded in New Delhi railway station on January 12 were finally rescued due to the intervention of Tura MP, Conrad Sangma and the quick response of IGP Robin Hibu.
According to Hibu, a total of 45 students (28 females, 17 males) and a teacher from the Philosophy Department attended the Asian Philosophy Conference-cum-Indian Philosophy Congress at Surat.
It was informed that after the conference tour was over, they were supposed to board a train from Delhi to Guwahati on the January 12; but unfortunately the train was cancelled at the last moment and they were stranded on Delhi streets with no relatives in town and only few had ever crossed the state.
“I got a distress call from 46 NE students including a teacher stranded at New Delhi railway station due to last minute train cancellation of Purvatra Kranti train to Guwahati from New Delhi. They had no money to spend either for stay in a hotel or for other expenditures,” Hibu said.
Helpless, scared and clueless, somehow one of the students, Paopithang Tuboi called up Robin Hibu who immediately sent out an SOS message.
His intervention was swiftly followed by several calls from students’ organisations as well as media personnel who wanted to help them.
However, it was Meghalaya MP, Conrad Sangma who came to the rescue of these students. The students managed to get in touch with Conrad who made special arrangements for the students at his residence in New Delhi.
“I received a call at midnight from one of the students and I learnt about the incident. I told them to come over to my residence and they reached my place at 7 in the morning,” Tura MP Conrad Sangma said when contacted.
Sangma said his residence for the day became like a hotel and “We had a good time and with 46 people at home, it was more like a picnic when we had lunch together,” Sangma added.
Sangma also managed to get the tickets confirmed for their return journey to Shillong.
The students have boarded the train and are on their way to Shillong.