Train service resumes after Latehar blast

RANCHI: Trains services resumed in Jharkhand almost 10 hours after CPI (Maoist) cadres blew up 10 metres of railway tracks in Latehar district, about 100 km away from here, on Saturday night.

Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, which was stranded in Kumundih jungles following the blast, left for the destination by down line more than three hours after the incident.

The Maoists had blown up the line between Chipdohar and Barwadih stations disrupting railway traffic for over 10 hours.

Latehar SP Kranti Kumar who confirmed the resumption of Rajdhani Express, said additional security personnel were pressed into service on the railway tracks to ensure safety for passengers.

Railway officials said the damaged track was repaired by 6am after which railway services resumed on the CIC line of the South Eastern Railway.

The Saturday night’s explosion took place during the two-day shutdown call given by the rebels in Bihar and Jharkhand to avenge the killing of 10 of their cadres in Chatra district on March 27.

Members of the TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI (Maoist), had allegedly killed the Maoists in the encounter on that day. The Maoists are observing a “protest week” against the incident.

“No major incident of damage to railway properties has been reported from any part of the state so far,” said a senior railway official. The bandh call given by the rebels ends at Sunday midnight.

Meanwhile, four persons were injured when Jammu Tawi Express hit a truck near Hatia station as it was passing through an unmanned crossing around 4pm. In the collision, the driver and his assistant of the train were injured. The driver of the truck also suffered injuries. All the injured persons have been taken to hospital for treatment. “All of them are out of danger,” said a railway medical officer.

Ranchi DRM G Malaya said the truck was dragged for over 500 metres by the train. After the incident the train was stranded for hours.