Maoists blast railway station, tower

Violence mars bundh in Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar

Police present before media arrested maoists disguised as pilgrims caught from Silli village near Ranchi on Sunday. PTI
In Orissa, around 90 ultras, including 15 women, triggered a powerful explosion at the Roxy railway station, about 80 km from Rourkela, causing extensive damage to the building, police said.An assistant station manager, a porter and a guard were held captive by the Maoists for over three hours before being released with a warning not to run trains during the shutdown, sources said.

The Naxals torched over eight dumper trucks at the railway station on the Rourkela-Barsuna route.  Another group of 15 armed Maoists attacked the Bhalulata railway station, 25 km from Rourkela.

In Bihar, around 100 ultras raided Irki village in Aurangabad district and blasted a “community bhavan” using dynamite, ADG (HQ) Neelmani said.Most private bus operators suspended services from Patna to Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Daltonganj and Bokaro in Jharkhand with the police patrolling the national highways, the ADG added. Several trains passing through Bihar from Jharkhand and West Bengal ran behind schedule, railway sources said.

In Jharkhand, two policemen were injured in an encounter with the Maoists who torched four trucks near Taimara Ghati on the Ranchi-Jamshedpur road. Tuesday was the second and last day of the two-day bundh called by the Maoists in the five Naxal-infested states of Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.

The Maoists had given the bundh call demanding the release of two senior Naxal leaders arrested by the Bihar police recently. However, the rebels threatened to enforce bundh in Bihar and Jharkhand indefinitely, if their leaders were not produced in court. Schools and commercial establishments remained shut for the second day in the Naxal-ravaged areas, vehicular movement was thin.

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