Maoists allegedly opened and removed railway tracks between Kamalur and Bhansi area causing the derailment of around 24 freight wagons and three engines at Naxal hit Dantewada district, some 460 km south of Raipur during the early hours of Sunday. The rebels had left pamphlets beside the derailed engines and nailed some posters on the trees. The contents of their leaflets could not immediately known.
- 24 wagons of a goods train derailed in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.
- The derailment has disrupted railway traffic.
- Train was on its way to Visakhapatnam from Bacheli containing Iron-ore.
- Allegedly naxal uprooted and removed the track.
- No casualty was reported in the incident.
According to the railway officials, the iron ore-carrying goods train on its way to Visakhapatnam from Bacheli got derailed between Bhansi and Kamalur stations in Chhattisgarh as the tracks had been removed.
After receiving information, a team of security personnel and railway officials rushed to the spot to restore services, the SP said. Security forces have intensified search and lookout operations in the area around the incident spot, he added.
Dantewada: Eight coaches and engine of a goods train derailed & fell from a bridge between Bhansi & Kamalur area. Naxals involvement suspected. More details awaited. #Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/shHTsvQGMn
— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2018
Naxals also reportedly snatched away the walkie-talkies of the goods engine driver and the guard before fleeing into the nearby forest. “A team of railways traffic have reached the spot for ground inspection of the site and began exercise on putting together the damaged tracks. As many two dozen goods wagon and three engines were derailed leading to major disruption along the route”, the railway traffic inspector Harendra Prasad, as per New Indian Express.
Maoists have announced an anti-repression week from June 26 to July 4. This is the first Maoist incident since they made the announcement.
The frequent disruption in the train service, many a times without any prior information, often angers the commuters who have no option except to keep their temper in control. The railways said they have no option but to remain concerned about the safety and security of the commuters. Early this month four tribal women who were going to local weekly rural market were run over by a speeding goods train on a bridge in Dantewada district.