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Jharkhand: Blast on railway tracks in Dhanbad derails diesel locomotive; services affected

In a statement, the railways said it was a 'bomb blast' which occurred between Garwa Road and Barkana section in the Dhanbad division.

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New Delhi Updated on: November 20, 2021 10:49 IST
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Jharkhand: Blast on railway tracks in Dhanbad derails diesel locomotive

A portion of the railway track in Jharkhand's Dhanbad division was damaged following an explosion in the wee hours of Saturday. According to the details, the explosion resulted in the derailment of a diesel locomotive. In a statement, the railways said it was a 'bomb blast' which occurred between Garwa Road and Barkana section in the Dhanbad division.

"Unusual incidence of bomb blast by miscreant causing derailment of diesel loco on  Dhanbad Division," the Railways said. 

As per the official statement, at around 12:55 am today while a diesel loco was on a run in block section as reported by the permanent way inspector of Latehar, a bomb blast on the lines by some miscreant led to the derailment of the loco.

"Due to this, both up and down movements of trains were blocked. Various railway officials including Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineers, Senior Divisional Engineer were rushed to the spot," read the official statement.

Repair and restoration work on the line is underway. Up line has been cleared whereas work on the down line is still going on.

No casualty has been reported, informed Latehar Police officials.

Meanwhile, Dehri On Sone - Barwadih Passenger Special (03364) and Barwadih- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Gomo Special train (03362) were terminated while the route of other trains was also changed due to the incident, as per the railways.

Sources indicate that this was a Naxal-related incident.

Senior officers have rushed to the site and restoration of the track is awaited, officials said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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