Maoists Detonate Bomb On Railway Tracks in Jharkhand, 6 Trains Halted

| October 16 , 2018 , 09:59 IST

Maoists detonated a bomb on railway tracks in Jharkhand's Giridih district on Monday night affecting train services on the busy Grand Chord Dhanbad division of the Delhi-Gaya-Howrah railway section, resulting in 6 trains being forced to halt, an official said on Tuesday.

Around 2 feet of the railway track was damaged after the Maoists exploded a bomb on the tracks of the Chaudhary Bandh station around 10.45 PM on Monday, a senior East Central Railway official said

"Six trains at different stations had to be halted," the official said, adding that restoration work on the route had been launched.

According to Railways Director (Media) Rajesh Dutt Bajpai, the blast could have led to a major accident, but it was averted due to the alertness of railway staff Mubarak Hussain and Chandra Kumar.

"Both were on night patrol. The moment they heard the blast they immediately alerted the Assistant Station Manager (ASM) who prevented an approaching goods train from progressing on the damaged tracks," Bajpai said to IANS.

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The two alert railway staff are to be rewarded by Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani.

Maoists activity in Jharkhand has reduced considerably as a result of which in August this year 1 CRPF battalion was announced to be withdrawn from the state to be redirected to Chhattisgarh. Apart from Jharkhand, 3 battalions were to be withdrawn from West Bengal, 2 from Bihar and 1 from Uttar Pradesh for re-deployment in Chhattisgarh to target more Maoists hotbed areas. A single CRPF battalion has over 1,000 troops.

A senior official supervising anti-Maoist operations for the CRPF said that there has been a marginal dip in the strength and control of Maoists in the areas where the forces are withdrawing and the forces are now in the dominating position in those areas.