Incident Summary:

07/15/2003: Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) activists removed the train tracks along the Samastipur-Darbhanga section in Barginia in Bihar State, India. This caused an engine car and two coaches to derail. There were no reported injuries or death in the incident. This was one of four connected attacks on train railways in Bihar State by MCC rebels.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Indian Railway System
Specific Description Train tracks along the Samastipur-Darbhanga section in bargain, India
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Sabotage Equipment
Weapon Details
Reports stated that the tracks were removed from the rail, causing an engine car and two coaches to derail.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Maoist Communist Center (MCC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Roundup: Suspected Maoists derail trains after blowing track,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, July 15, 2003.
“Maoist Rebels derail trains in major attacks in eastern India,” Agence France Presse, July 15, 2003.
“MCC,” The Press Trust of India, July 15, 2003.