Sunday, January 25, 2015

Train tracks blown up in mine blast

Times of India, Jan 25, 2015
KORAPUT: A railway trackman was injured and train services disrupted after suspected Maoists blew up a portion of the track between Muniguda and Munikhol in Rayagada district late on Friday.

The injured, Hari Mirda, was discharged from Muniguda hospital after treatment.

Police said around 20 to 25 Maoists arrived near the railway tracks t Munikhol, about 2 km from Muniguda station, around 1.30am and triggered a landmine blast. "The spot is 100 metre from a CRPF camp. A portion of the track was badly damaged, hampering movement of trains," an official source said.

The second blast was due to a pressure mine. It took place around 4.30am when a railway team was clearing the tracks. "The Maoists planted the pressure mine beneath a banner. It went off when the trackman was trying to uproot the banner. We defused two pressure mines," said SDPO (Muniguda) A P Mallick.

The Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Link Express, Rourkela-Koraput Express, Raipur-Vishakapatnam Passenger, Dhanbad-Alappuzha and Jagdalpur-Howrah trains were stranded at various stations for few hours. Trains started plying on the track around 3pm.

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