Naxal bandh: Trains diverted, some cancelled in Jharkhand after tracks damaged

Ranchi/Jamshedpur: Train movements suffered jolt under Dhanbad and Chakradharpur divisions after CPI (Maoists) blew tracks in at least two different places on Saturday as part of their bandh called in protest of the recent arrested of their top notch member Prashant Bose, his wife and other extremists by Jharkhand police.  

In Latehar under Dhanbad division, which is part of the East Central Railways, track was damaged on both up and down lines between Demu and Richugutta stations, said officials. Train movements took hit on these lines since last midnight onwards. However, there has been no loss to any life, said sources.

A communiqué issued by Dhanbad division maintained that the track was down line was repaired at about 8.47am on Saturday and up line was repaired at 8.27am. About change in train route, the communiqué added that Sasaram-Ranchi (18636), which is to leave from Sasaram today will ply via Sonnagar-Gaya-Koderma-Nesubogmo-Rajabera-Muri against its original route of Sonnagar-Garhwa-Tori.

Jammu Tawi-Sambalpur special train (08310) will ply on Gaya-Koderma-Nesubo Gomo-Rajbera route in place of Garhwa-Barkakana. Two trains however have been cancelled. “Dehri On Sone (03364) and Barwadih-Nesubogmo special train (03362) have been cancelled,” read the communiqué.

Under Chakradharpur division, rebels attempted to blow track between Lota Pahar and Sonua but weren’t fully successful, said sources. Railways have pressed personnel to repair the site on war-footing, said an official.

“Chakradharpur-Rourkela Memu has been cancelled while Pune-Howrah (Azad Hind express) has been stopped at Chakradharpur station. Porbandar Howrah express has been stopped at Sonua, Puri-Haridwar Utkal express is kept static at Gamharia station,” informed the railway official till the time of filing this report.

Railway personnel repair tracks. TNF picture