Maoists derail 11 ore-laden wagons in Chhattisgarh

July 8th, 2008 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, July 8 (IANS) Eleven wagons of an iron-ore laden goods train derailed Tuesday in Chhattisgarh’s restive southern region after Maoist guerillas uprooted the rail tracks, the police said. The wagons came down from a small bridge in the wee hours Tuesday at a stretch between Dantewada and Kamaloor railway stations in Dantewada district, a stronghold of Maoist guerillas since 1980. The train was bound for Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

The police said no senior railway official had reached the accident site till late Tuesday evening.

The derailment has totally stooped iron ore transportation from Dantewada’s Kirandul base to the Andhra Pradesh port city by India’s largest public sector iron ore producer and exporter National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd (NMDC).

NMDC has three major mining facilities at Dantewada’s Bailadilla hills where it excavates about 20 million tonnes of iron ore per annum - about 80 percent of its total annual production - to supply several domestic steel makers, besides exporting the ore to China and Japan via Visakhapatnam.

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