Ranchi, Maoists caused damage to railway tracks in Dhanbad and West Singhbhum districts of Jharkhand severely impacting train movement on Saturday.
The insurgents have called a 24-hour-long shutdown protesting against the arrest of their polit bureau member Prashant Bose and his wife and central committee member Sheila Marandi.
A report from Dhanbad Division of E.C. Railway said between Demu and Richughutta station and incident of bomb blast caused derailment of a diesel loco and two of its wheels went off-track.
The incident occurred at 12.55 am in the Garwa Road-Barkana section.
The blast was executed between 206/26-29 up and down line due to which the diesel light engine 70584 was derailed, an official said.
DRM Dhanbad Aashish Bansal and other senior officials are leading the restoration operation. Pamphlets enlisting Maoist demands were strewn in the area.
As per the railway authorities, 18102 down Tata-Jammu Tawi Express has been diverted via Dehri On Sone; while 13348 down Patna-Barkakana Palamu Express has been stopped at Garhwa road station. Some passenger trains have been also cancelled.
The Maoists also targeted the Chakardharpur Division in West Singhbhum district at 2.15 am between Lota Pahad and Sonuwa station. However, the blast only managed to damage some cement slippers under the tracks.
Train movement on the Rourkela-Chakardharpur railway route has been stopped.
Railway authorities along with security personnel including RPF and district police are at the spot and work was on to get the tracks fully functional. The blast has impacted movement of trains including express, mail and passenger on the line.
Prashant Bose and his wife Sheila Marandi were nabbed by a team of Saraikela Police on November 12.