17 wagons of goods train derail in Chhattisgarh's Naxal-hit Dantewada

The movement of trains is disrupted between Jagdalpur and Kirandul

17 wagons of goods train derail in Chhattisgarh's Naxal-hit Dantewada

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Dantewada, December 17

Seventeen wagons of a goods train derailed on the Kirandul-Visakhapatnam railway section in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-hit Dantewada district on Friday, a senior police official said.

No casualties were reported, he said.

The incident took place at 4.05 am between Bhansi and Kamaloor stations, when the iron ore-laden train was heading to Visakhapatnam from Kirandul (Dantewada), Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abshishek Pallava said.

The movement of trains was disrupted between Jagdalpur and Kirandul due to the derailment, he said.

Ruling out the possibility of involvement of Maoists in it, Pallava said, "Prima facie, the incident occurred due to mechanical reasons. It does not appear to be the handiwork of Naxals as Maoist banners or posters were not found at the site and the movement of ultras was also not reported there." 

The exact cause of the incident will be known after the investigation by railway personnel, he said.

A team of District Reserve Guard and Railway Protection Force had reached the spot, the SP said, adding that track restoration work is under way to facilitate the movement of trains. PTI

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