Maoists blow up Track on CIC Section near Latehar station, derails Coal carrying Train

लातेहार Latehar (LTHR):  Maoists blasted a railway track on CIC section of Dhanbad division under East Central Railway around 2am in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Latehar:  A goods train was derailed by Maoists after they blew up a stretch of railway track between the Latehar and Bendi railway stations.  The train was attacked at around 2 a.m. last night.

A railway official said, “All the trains passing through the area have been stranded at their present stations. There is no estimated time as till when the tracks will be operational again. Machinery will be brought for repair.”

Suspected Maoists blasted a railway track on CIC section of Dhanbad division under East Central Railway around 2.00 a.m. in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday after which several bogies of a goods train derailed disrupting railway services on the crucial railway route. Around one meter railway track was blown up between Latehar and Bendi railway stations where Maoists also dropped posters.

Latehar SP Michael Raj confirmed: “Several bogies of a good train have derailed after the railway track was blown up by Maoists. Forces have been rushed to the spot.” The content of the posters are not known yet because forces, rushed to the site, could not be contacted, he added.

Some of the bogies of the goods train have fallen on the second railway line thus stopping movement of all trains on the crucial railway route. It is the route for several Delhi and north bound trains from Ranchi thus several trains have been stranded.

A spokesperson for Dhanbad railway division said railway officials have reached the site. Ranchi DRM Deepak Kashyap said north bound trains would be routed via Bokaro and not Barkakana-Latehar route.

Sources in police said a group of Maoists arrived at the site enveloped in thick forest and possibly used an IED to blast the track. After the blast they dropped posters and escaped.