Motihari, 29 June-2014, TNN: After 38 hours of derailment of goods trains allegedly by Maoists, train services on Muzaffarpur-Narkatiyaganj section of East Central Railway (ECR) were restored on Friday at 1pm under the supervision of engineers and Samastipur ADRM B S Dohare.
On June 24 night, 18 wagons of a goods train were derailed in an explosion allegedly triggered by Maoists between Mehasi and Harpurnag stations near Manigachhi unmanned railway crossing.
This region is a Maoist-hit area and the extremists have always been making goods train their soft target. On May 20, 2010, 13 wagons of diesel and patrol derailed and went up in smoke one after another as the Maoists had blown up the rail track when the goods train was crossing between Pipra and Jiwdhara stations, some 18km Manichhapra accident site.
Samastipur DRM Arun Malik said that around 250 labourers were engaged in restoration work round-the-clock with the help of two 140 ton cranes to separate the jumbled wagons. Nearly 200 metres rail track was blown up allegedly by extremists. After the mishap, 16 passenger trains were cancelled between Gorakhpur and Muzaffarpur via Motihari and superfast and express trains like Awadh Express, Saptkranti, Amarnath, Jannayak, Mithila and Garib Rath were routed from Sugauli via Raxaul-Sitamarhi to Muzaffarpur. The ECR GM Madhuresh Kumar on Thursday visited the place of occurrence with other senior railway officials and took stock of the ongoing restoration work.
The team of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) of Patna collected samples from the accident site on Thursday and will give its report in a day or two. The high rank officials of RPF and GRP, who made an on-the-spot inspection of the site, said they would be able to say anything about the cause behind the accident only after the FSL report.
Around a dozen villagers of Manichhapra village told newsmen in the presence of police officers that a loud sound was heard before the derailment of wagons of the goods train. One of them said that he had gone near rail line to ease himself before the incident and he saw around 30 persons, including seven women, sitting near rail line talking among themselves. They were outsiders. He returned home and informed the fellow villagers about it. After some time the accident took place, he said.
East Champaran SP Vinay Kumar said three persons, who were accused of blowing of rail tracks in the district in the past, were detained and being quizzed. The police have also launched a search operation against Maoists after the accident.