Maoists explode rail track, pilot engine of Rajdhani derails
AURANGABAD: Maoists blasted a portion of a railway
track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section in Bihar, leading to the
derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi
No casualty was reported in the blast that took place
late on Tuesday night, said Deputy Inspector General of Police, Magadh range, PK
In Patna, Chief Public Relations Officer, East Central
Railway, Arvind Kumar Rajak said the advance pilot engine running ahead of
Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express jumped off the track due to the
incident. Nearly one dozen mail and Express trains including three Rajdhani
Express trains have been stranded at various places between Gaya and
Mughalsarai due to the incident, Rajak said.
The blast was triggered during a one-day bandh call
called by the Maoists against police firing in Aurangabad and Rohtas districts.
The CPRO said that nearly three metre of the track has been damaged in the
blast. Electric wire overhead has also been damaged, he said.
The DIG said that the blast appears to be a powerful
one creating a four-feet deep crater. Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express,
Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Sealdah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express,
Jodhpur-Howrah Express and Doon Express were among the major trains stranded at
The blast took place at Lahat village under Rafiganj
police station of Aurangabad district at around 11:30 PM last night. Gaya
Additional Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar Singh, who rushed to the spot
after the incident, said the explosion took place during the one-day bandh call
given by the Naxals against police firing in Aurangabad and Rohtas districts
The bandh was called from midnight last night till
midnight tonight. The ECR CPRO said that DN line has been restored in the early
hours on Wednesday and work was on to make the UP line, which bore the brunt of
the explosion, functional during the day.
The Magadh range DIG said that security has been
tightened through deployment of additional forces to prevent untoward incidents
during the bandh. Two persons each were killed in police firing on a mob in
Rohtas as well in Madanpur area of Aurangabad within a fortnight.
The Aurangabad firing was triggered during an
anti-Naxal operation by CRPF. Those killed included a woman and a minor boy in
Aurangabad last week. The Rohtas firing was triggered when a mob protested
against alleged one-sided action after an exchange of “objectionable” MMS
between two friends belonging to different communities.
Opposition BJP has made a hue and cry over both the
firing incidents in the bicameral Bihar Legislature demanding judicial inquiry
in the incidents. The state government defended the firing as part of
self-defence by security forces who were targeted by a mob.