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Goods train derails after Naxals damage rail track in C’garh


Raipur: Three wagons of a goods train and its engine got derailed after Naxals allegedly ruptured a railway track in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, police said.

The railway administration has undertaken the track restoration work.

“Naxals damaged a rail track on Kirandul-Visakhapatnam route that falls under Bhansi police station limits, due to which three wagons of a goods train and its engine got derailed,” Superintendent of Police of Dantewada district, Narendra Khare told Bhasha/PTI over phone today.

According to the police officer, today was the last day of their ‘Dandakaranya bandh’, which had been on since the last week.

After the incident, teams of police personnel as well as railway officials have reached the spot and the railway administration has already launched the track restoration work, he said.

However, since the spot is located inside the forest area, the railway staff is finding difficulties in carrying out the restoration work.

Khare said that yesterday, the Naxals had torched 15 vehicles at the Essar beneficiation plant under Kirandul police station.

According to senior police officers here, some incidents of Naxals felling trees on roads in Bastar region and also distributing anti-poll posters had been reported.