Maoists blow up Railway Tracks near Telo Station on Dhanbad Division

Damaged Track near Telo Rly Stationटेलो Telo (TELO): Maoists blew up railway tracks and damaged a dozen sleepers of Down line near Telo railway station under the Dhanbad rail division, shortly after midnight on Wednesday-Thursday. The incident occurred around 2.30 am. There are no reports of any casualty as no one was present nearby area during the blast. The Maoists act disrupted the rail traffic on the Gomoh-Barkakana route for 6 hours .The traffic on the route was disrupted till 7.30 am on Thursday on the up and down line,” said railway sources.

Villagers helped stave off a major tragedy when they promptly alerted the railways about a Maoist explosion on tracks on the edge of a rail bridge over river Damodar between Telo and Gomoh stations, 60km from Bokaro steel city, under Dhanbad railway division in the wee hours of today.

The impact of the blast was quite severe .About five meters of the Down track got twisted and bumped up five feet. The OHE (Over Head Equipment) too got damaged, leading to the stranding all passangers and goods trains on the Gomoh-Barkakana section. About 30 to 50 CPI (Maoists) guerrillas raided the Telo railway station,near Jamunia bridge ,under the Dhanbad rail division around 1 am on Thursday and had planted a landmine near pole no 4/22 on the UP, railway track, between Gomoh-Telo railway station and triggered a blast through a detonator kept about 50 meters away in a nearby forest, sources said .

The incident occurred on a day the extremist outfit was observing a bandh in Jharkhand and Bihar in protest against the Centre’s policies, including the recent land ordinance. The 2.20am explosion on Jamunia rail bridge that falls along Bokaro-Chandrapura-Telo-Gomoh route under CIC section left more than five feet of railway tracks gaping open on both Up and Down lines and could have caused passing trains to fall in the river below if the local residents had not acted on time.

The railways stopped movement of trains on the route, leading to major disruptions for over six hours. Several trains, including New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, Sampark Kranti Express, Patna Jan Shatabdi Express, Tata-Amritsar Express and Mumbai-bound Lokmanya Tilak Express, were delayed.

Movement of trains resumed at 9am only after the breached tracks were repaired however further repairs are on in the adjoining bank. But complete traffic had been restored late this afternoon .  Down trains for Barkakana would run as scheduled after 8 am, confirmed Railway officials. The Chanderpura RPF and GRP arrived at the spot only after the rebels had left. The ultras shouted antipolice slogans and left a pamphlets owning responsibility for the explosion.

A combing operation has been launched in the area to nab the ultras. Heavy reinforcement of the district police ,the GRP ,and the RPF had been deputed at Telo railway station .Earlier Bokaro and Dhanbad police top officials arrived at the spot and took stock of the situation. Several trains remained stranded at different places and movement on the CIC section was restored by single line service .However, the movement would be normalised by both up and down late in this afternoon, railway sources said. About two month ago ,the CPI (Maoist) activists had targeted railway track near the Bokaro railway station.

Bokaro SP Jitendra Singh, who, along with CRPF jawans and district policemen, rushed to the site in the morning, said: “A few villagers living nearby spotted around two dozens armed men moving along the tracks suspiciously in the dead of night. Soon thereafter, they heard an explosion on the tracks around 2.20am and alerted Chandrapura railway police. The Maoists left behind a huge banner.

Elsewhere in the state, the 24-hour bandh remained largely peaceful. There was no report of untoward incident from Naxalite-affected districts like Palamau, Garhwa, Latehar and Gumla.

Banks, post offices, business establishments and educational institutions functioned normally in various district headquarters. These services were, however, partially affected in remote places. Long-distance buses did not ply and marketplaces wore a deserted look.