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News Entry# 293311
Feb 07 2017 (08:29) Blast halts train to Sealdah (www.telegraphindia.com)
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Feb 07 2017 (08:29)
Station Tag: Baruna/BUE added by Prakash*^~/375223

Feb 07 2017 (08:29)
Station Tag: Buxar/BXR added by Prakash*^~/375223

Feb 07 2017 (08:29)
Station Tag: Patna Junction/PNBE added by Prakash*^~/375223

Feb 07 2017 (08:29)
Train Tag: Varanasi - Sealdah (Upper India) Express/13134 added by Prakash*^~/375223
Patna, Feb. 6: Passengers on the 13134 Down Varanasi-Sealdah (Upper India) Express spent some tense moments between Buxar and Baruna on the Patna-Mughalsarai section of East Central Railway (ECR) today after what looked like a blast on the down track.
The train was stopped for a few minutes. The incident took place at 12.05pm, when the train had barely moved 2km from Buxar railway station towards Baruna in the east, around 100km west of Patna.
"The passengers did not experience anything unusual, but some railway personnel had raised an alarm on seeing a
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blast close to the tracks on which the train was moving. They were just 300m from the blast site," an ECR official said on condition of anonymity.
As the train did not suffer any damage it was stopped for 15 minutes for necessary checks and then allowed to go.
A source in the ECR said a passenger told railway personnel he saw an individual hurl something at the tracks triggering the blast. But the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Buxar said no passenger's statement was recorded.
Railway personnel, senior GRP and Buxar police officials and a forensic science laboratory team reached the spot.
"There was no damage to the tracks so train movement was allowed on the down track at 2.15pm," ECR chief public relations officer Arvind Kumar Rajak told The Telegraph.
Patna rail superintendent of police Jitendra Mishra said: "Forensic experts are saying, prima facie, it appears someone burst a cracker near the track. No splinter was found at the blast site."
Mishra, under whose jurisdiction the Buxar GRP works, said the forensic team would submit its final report after a thorough probe. Samples were collected from the blast site.
He said an FIR would be lodged under various sections of the Explosives Act on the basis of statements of railway employees working near the tracks. Mishra said he had urged the Buxar SP to intensify patrolling on railway tracks.
The GRP has stepped up patrolling on railway tracks in the wake of recent intelligence inputs that terrorists were planning a repeat of the Kanpur-type mishap in Bihar. Over 150 lives were lost when a train derailed near Kanpur in November last.
Inspector-general (railway) Amit Kumar had said railway tracks were on the radar of terror groups. The National Investigation Agency is probing a case in which Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is suspected of involvement to cause damage to railway property. Three suspected operatives who were arrested from East Champaran last month had blamed ISI for the Kanpur accident.
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