Maoists blow up rail track in Jharkhand

Maoists blow up rail track in Jharkhand

The CPI-Maoist has called a two-day strike in five states—Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh—to protest against the arrest of Anil Kumar, a CPI-Maoist politburo member and Kartik, a central committee member.

In the first incident, the rebels blasted a railway track between Hehgarha and Kumundi stations under the Dhanbad railway division, forcing the authorities to suspend the rail movement on the section for hours. The passengers of the Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani Exp had a close shave as the rebels blasted the track soon after the train had passed. “The Maoists blew up the track around 6:30 am on Monday and Rajdhani Exp had luckily crossed from the same route at 5:30 am,” said Ambrish Gupta, PRO of the Dhanbad railway division.

In another incident, Naxalites numbering between 40 and 50 raided Tubkera village near Bishrampur in Palamau district and blew up a BSNL tower by using explosive, said the police.

On Sunday the police arrested seven rebels, disguised as pilgrims, with 1,100 live cartridge after a brief encounter near Silli village in Ranchi district. The cartridges were supposed to be handed over to the Maoists.

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