Maoists blow up Howrah-Mumbai train route

Suspected Maoists blew away a portion of railway tracks on the Howrah-Mumbai route on Monday.

Last Updated: Feb 08, 2010, 10:35 AM IST

Rourkela: Suspected Maoists blew
away a portion of railway tracks in the wee hours on Monday near
here causing derailment of a goods train and disruption of
train services on the Howrah-Mumbai route.

A portion of the railway track at a place between
Bhalulata and Jareikela, about 30 km from here, was blown up
by suspected Maoists at 1 am leading to derailment of two
wagons of a goods train, Rourkela railway station manager S
K Panda told a news agency.

However, there have been no reports of injury or casualty
in the incident.

Following the blast, all trains on the Howrah-Mumbai
route have been held up at different stations, Panda said,
adding that explosives might also have been planted on the
up-line of the route.

Maoists had yesterday called a 72-hour bandh in Bihar,
Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh to protest
against a proposed all-out offensive "Operation Green Hunt"
against them by the Centre.