Maoists blow up railway track in Mughalsarai Division of Bihar; traffic on Delhi-Howrah route hit

इस्‍माइलपुर Ismailpur (IMGE):  Maoists blew up a portion of a railway track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section of Mughal Sarai Division of East Central Railway, in Bihar, leading to derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.

No casualty was reported in the blast that took place late Tuesday night, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Magadh range, P K Shrivastava told.

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.

Railway minister Sadananda Gowda has asked for a report regarding the latest incident and said more safety measures would be set in place. Gowda said the damaged rail track would be repaired soon.

The blast was trigerred 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 various places.

This is for the second time in less than a month that the premium train — Rajdhani Express — has been targeted by the Maoists. The New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express was derailed between Chhapra Kacheri and Goldenganj stations near Sonepur on June 25 killing four people and injuring many. Railway authorities had pointed towards ‘sabotage’ in the incident.