The pilot engine is usually run before all Rajdhani trains mainly to ensure that the routes are clear and most importantly as a ‘shield’ to the elite train. The blast took place at Lahat village under Rafiganj police station of Aurangabad district at around 11:30 pm on Tuesday night.
No casualty was reported in the blast that took place late on Tuesday night, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Magadh range, PK Shrivastava said.
In Patna, Chief Public Relations Officer, East Central Railway, Arvind Kumar Rajak said the advance pilot engine running ahead of Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express jumped off the track due to the incident.
Nearly one dozen mail and Express trains including three Rajdhani Express trains have been stranded at various places between Gaya and Mughalsarai due to the incident, Rajak said.
The blast was triggered during a one-day bandh call called by the Maoists against police firing in Aurangabad and Rohtas districts.
The CPRO said that nearly three metre of the track has been damaged in the blast. Electric wire overhead has also been damaged, he said.
The DIG said that the blast appears to be a powerful one as it created a four-feet deep crater.
Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Sealdah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Jodhpur-Howrah Express and Doon Express were among the major trains stranded at various places.
Meanwhile, it has been learnt from the sources that the Railway Ministry has sought a report on the incident.
Gaya Additional Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar Singh, who rushed to the spot after the incident, said the explosion took place during the one-day bandh call given by the Naxals against police firing in Aurangabad and Rohtas districts recently.
The bandh was called from midnight on Tuesday night till Wednesday midnight.
The ECR CPRO said that down line has been restored in the early hours today and work was on to make up line, which bore the brunt of the explosion, functional during the day.
The pilot engine is usually run before all Rajdhani trains mainly to ensure that the routes are clear and most importantly as a ‘shield’ to the elite train.
The blast took place at Lahat village under Rafiganj police station of Aurangabad district at around 11:30 pm on Tuesday night.