Railway Tracks on the Howrah-New Delhi Grand Chord section in Jharkhand was blown up by Maoists, disrupting movement of several trains, including the Rajdhani Express. The blast blew up the railway track on the down line and damaged the overhead cable just before Hatia-Patna Express was to pass. The train had to be detained at Gomoh following the explosion.
Several long-distance trains including the Kalka Mail, three Rajdhani Express trains, Hatia-Patna Express, Howrah-Dehradun Express were delayed due to the incident and stranded at various stations. Many goods trains were diverted to different routes. The train services resumed at 7.30 am after tracks were repaired.
The maoists blew up the tracks at 12.40am shortly after they called the Jharkhand began. It was to protest against the amendment to century-old land acts of Jharkhand, the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act and Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act and the new domicile policy.
The bandh call by the Maoists evoked partial response in Lohardaga district. Long-distance buses did not ply, and most of the shops and markets were open. The administration took adequate security measures in Lohardaga as well as other Naxal-hit Khunti districts.
This incident is considered to be a part of their strategy that aims at creating an atmosphere of fear among the general public. The blast site, between Chichaki and Karmabad stations in Koderma district of Jharkhand, is 100 kms away from Bihar’s Gaya district.