Maoist attack in Jharkhand: Train services affected, search operation underway

Bokaro: Train services on the Gomoh-Barkakana section of East Central Railway were disrupted after Maoists set ablaze Dumri Bihar railway station, a train engine and valuable railway equipment, the police said on Friday.

The incident happened within East Central Railway's Dhanbad division in Bokaro district on Thursday night, the police said.

Around 100 Maoists laced with firearms arrived at the station, forced the employees to leave and then burnt the station, an engine of a goods train and other railway equipment kept at the station, railway sources said.

 Maoist attack in Jharkhand: Train services affected, search operation underway

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They also took the engine driver's walkie-talkie before they fled the scene, sources said.

Rail services between Gomoh-Barkakana section were disrupted. Trains such as Gomo-Barkakana Passenger, Ahmedabad-Howrah Express, Jabalpur-Howrah Shaktipunj Express were stranded for several hours, sources said.

The Deputy Inspector General (Bokaro) Saket Kumar Singh along with Superintendent of Police Y.S Ramesh and Divisional Railway Manager (Dhanbad) rushed to the spot to investigate the incident.

Ramesh said all possible routes used by Maoists to move around were sealed. In addition, a massive search operation was launched to track down them.

Ramesh added that the ultras had planned to trigger a blast and had planted 40 can bombs in a series to cause damage to the security personnel.

But the security personnel defused the bomb after getting a confidential information in this regard, he said. He added that an encounter between the Maoists and security personnel also took place in a jungle near Dumri Bihar.

Train services on the Gomoh-Barkakana section were restored on Friday.

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Updated Date: May 26, 2017 15:16:13 IST