RAIPUR: Over 20 freight wagons and engines of a goods train were derailed at strife-torn Dantewada district, some 460 km south of Raipur, on early hours of Sunday after the Maoists *(Naxals) uprooted and removed the railway tracks between Kamalur and Bhansi Railway stations.
The Kamalur-Bhansi section falls under Waltair Division of East Coast Railway zone.
Luckily, no railway staff was injured in the derailment. The Reds left pamphlets near the derailed engines and nailed posters on trees.
They reportedly snatched away walkie-talkies of the goods engine driver and the guard before fleeing into the nearby forest.
“A team of railways traffic staff reached the spot and began putting together the damaged tracks.
Two dozen goods wagon and three engines were derailed leading to major disruption along the route,” railway traffic inspector Harendra Prasad told.
Security forces were dispatched to assist the railways to restore the services.
The outlawed CPI (Maoist) are observing ‘anti-repression week’ from June 26 to July 2.