An explosion occurred on the train tracks between Richughuta and Demu stations around 12:30 a.m. on November 20, 2021.
Banned CPI (Maoist) members reportedly blew up part of the rail tracks in Latehar district of Jharkhand in the early hours of Saturday, November 20, 2021, disrupting rail services on the Barkakana-Garhwa road, police said.
An explosion took place on the railway line between Richughuta and Demu stations around 12:30 a.m., an officer said.
Members of an ICC-Maoist squad blew up train tracks in Latehar, disrupting train traffic on the Barkakana-Garhwa railway route, said Raj Kumar Lakra, deputy inspector general of police, Palamu Range.
Bandh against arrest
The banned outfit called on a national bandh on Saturday to protest the arrest of its top leader Prashant Bose aka Kishan Da, who was wearing a ₹ 1 crore bounty on his head, by police in Jharkhand.
Bose was the mastermind behind more than 100 incidents of attacks and arson in Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Lakra said railway authorities were repairing the tracks.
All police stations in Palamu, Garhwa and Latehar districts under the Dhanbad Division of the Central East Railway were alerted after the explosion, DIG said.
ECR Railway spokesman PK Mishra said a diesel engine cart was damaged in the explosion.
Special teams from Barkakana and Barwadih have arrived on site to repair the railway tracks and work is underway, he said.
Several trains were diverted, while the special Dehri-Onsone-Barwadih and Barwadih-Nesubogomo trains were canceled.
The movement of passenger buses from Medininagar to Ranchi has also been stopped, a state government official said.