Incident Summary:

05/28/2010: On Friday night around 0130, near Jhargram, Midnapore, West Bengal, India, the Calcutta-Mumbai Express passenger train derailed and was hit by a cargo train. At least 115 people were killed and more than 140 were injured. Officials disagreed on the cause of the derailment, with some saying it was caused by an explosion but others blaming sabotaged rail lines. No group claimed responsibility, but a Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M) faction was blamed for the attack. According to police, Umakangta Mahato and Bapi Mahato of the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) sabotaged the train track which caused the train to derail. The CPI-Maoists denied being involved with the incident. On 08/27/2010, Umakangta Mahato was killed in a clash with security forces in Lodhashuli in Jhargram.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal

Near Jhargam

Location Details:
The attack took place on a train near Jhargram in Midnapore.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Calcutta-Mumbai Express
Specific Description The Calcutta-Mumbai Express passenger train and a cargo train
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
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 115 to 150, and the injuries for this attack from 140 to 200, and because no majority figures were reported, the lowest proferred casualty figures were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database. It is unclear whether or not the attack was really a terrorist attack or if it was just purely an accident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 115 Fatalities / 140 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 115
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 140
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Straits Times, "Indian Police Kill Maoist Leader," LexisNexis Academic, Straits Times, May 27, 2010.
Manik Baerjee, ABC News, "India Halts Trains After 115 Die, Sabotage Blamed," Associated Press, (May 29, 2010).
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Hundred Forty-Eight Civilians Killed, Two Hundred Civilians Wounded by PCPA in West Midnapore, West Bengal, India," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, October 7, 2010.