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No casualty was reported in the blast that took place late on Tuesday night.

derail-480 Pilot engine for Rajdhani express which was derailed on Tuesday night after Maoists blown up tracks near Rafignaj railway station, Bihar. (Source: PTI)

Maoists blasted a portion of a railway track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section in Bihar, leading to the derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.

No casualty was reported in the blast that took place late on Tuesday night, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Magadh range, P K Shrivastava told PTI.

In Patna, Chief Public Relations Officer, East Central Railway, Arvind Kumar Rajak said the advance pilot engine running ahead of Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express jumped off the track due to the incident. Nearly one dozen mail and Express trains including three Rajdhani Express trains have been stranded at various places between Gaya and Mughalsarai due to the incident, Rajak said.

The blast was trigerred during a one-day bandh call called by the Maoists against police firing in Aurangabad and Rohtas districts. The CPRO said that nearly three metre of the track has been damaged in the blast. Electric wire overhead has also been damaged, he said.

The DIG said that the blast appears to be a powerful one creating a four-feet deep crater. Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Sealdah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Jodhpur-Howrah Express and Doon Express were among the major trains stranded at various places.

The blast took place at Lahat village under Rafiganj police station of Aurangabad district at around 11:30 PM last night. Gaya Additional Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar Singh, who rushed to the spot after the incident, said the explosion took place during the one-day bandh call given by the Naxals against police firing in Aurangabad and Rohtas districts recently.

The bandh was called from midnight last night till midnight tonight. The ECR CPRO said that DN line has been restored in the early hours on Wednesday and work was on to make the UP line, which bore the brunt of the explosion, functional during the day.

The Magadh range DIG said that security has been tightened through deployment of additional forces to prevent untoward incidents during the bandh. Two persons each were killed in police firing on a mob in Rohtas as well in Madanpur area of Aurangabad within a

The Aurangabad firing was triggered during an anti-Naxal operation by CRPF.Those killed included a woman and a minor boy in Aurangabad last week. The Rohtas firing was triggered when a mob protested against alleged one-sided action after an exchange of “objectionable” MMS between two friends belonging to different communities.

Opposition BJP has made a hue and cry over both the firing incidents in the bicameral Bihar Legislature demanding judicial inquiry in the incidents. The state government defended the firing as part of self-defence by security forces who were targeted by a mob.


Key aide of top J’khand Maoist shot dead after gunbattle

A sub-zonal commander of CPI (Maoist), said to be the “right-hand man” of Jharkhand’s most wanted Maoist leader Kundan Pahan, early on Wednesday was shot dead after a two-and-a-half hour gunbattle at a village in Khunti district.

Tulsi Das alias Vishal, 33, a member of the rebels’ Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee, was killed at Lembo village in Arki block in an encounter that began at around 2.30 am and continued till 5 am. The state government had declared a reward of Rs 2 lakh for him and after his death the amount was distributed by DGP Rajeev Kumar among the members of the team that eliminated him.

Vishal, police said, was close to Maoist zonal commander Kundan Pahan, under whom he had recently began working again after spending three years in a different zone. He belonged to Bundu area in Ranchi. The items found on him included an AKM rifle that belonged to security forces and was missing since killing of five CRPF men at a Khunti village in April 2009.

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