The incident took place at Khatkhura halt station near here when the landmine detonated as soon as the engine of thegoods train passed over it.
The engine and windshield of the train were damaged by the blast which left a two-feet deep crater at the spot. Thedriver and the assistant driver of the freight train were injured by shards of glass.
Police and railway officials said several rail sleepers were blown up and the overhead power cable cut onboth tracks by the impact of the blast.
Rail services were halted on both tracks with several long-distance trains either diverted or stranded at variousstations since 2 am.
Railway officials along with police and paramilitary forces have reached the spot and repair work has begun.
Several trains including Howrah-Puroshattampur Express were diverted and other trains such as Howrah-Tata Nagar SteelExpress, UP and down Howrah-Hatia Express, Sambaleshwari Express and other local and passenger trains have beenstranded at various stations.
Meanwhile, life has come to a standstill in Jungle Mahal areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districtswith no traffic on the roads and shops and markets closed.We killed civilians, we’re sorry: maoistsAvoidable tragedy | Full coverage | Listen to podcast