Two AC coaches of a train derailed in a Maoist-infested area on the Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border on Friday, but there were no casualties reported, railway officials said.
Two AC coaches (B-2 and B-3) of Howrah-Mumbai Mail derailed between Paniyajob and Bortalao local stations under Nagpur Railway Division on Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border, Raipur Railway Division’s PRO Ratan Basak said.
However, no casualties were reported in the incident and relief operations have begun, he said.
Soon after getting the news of the mishap, which took place around 11.30 am, senior officials from Raipur and Nagpur divisions have rushed to the spot, he said.
According to a senior official of South East Central Railway (comprising three divisions namely Raipur, Bilaspur and Nagpur), naxal involvement in the incident cannot be ruled out as earlier several mishaps were reported in the dense forest pocket of Bortalao.
Owing to the mishap, Mumbai-bound Jnaneswari Express was halted at Raipur station, while Azad Hind Express was stationed at Durg Railway station.
Rail traffic on the affected route will resume soon, Mr. Basak added.