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Maoists blow up parts of Howrah-Mumbai rail line

Railway officials swung into action after they were informed by a loco pilot that he had observed noise on the track and spotted a red banner.

Published: 27th April 2021 08:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th April 2021 08:11 AM   |  A+A-

The rail track was blown up between Lotapahar and Sonua stations under Chakradharpur railway division in Jharkhand | PTI

By Express News Service

RANCHI: Maoists blew up a railway track on Howrah-Mumbai main line in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand during the daylong ‘Bharat bandh’ called by them on Monday. The Jharkhand police said the incident took place around 2:30 am on Monday between Lotapahar and Sonua stations under Chakradharpur rail division where Maoists blew up the track by triggering a landmine.

“The IED weighing around 20-25 kg damaged around 3.5-ft of the rail track. We suspect a local squad of the Maoists active in the region for the sabotage,” said Chaibasa Superintendent of Police Ajay Linda.

The railway traffic on the busy line was affected for a few hours and was restored, the police official added.Railway officials swung into action after they were informed by a loco pilot that he had observed noise on the track and spotted a red banner.



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