Maoists blow up rail tracks in Jharkhand, WB

Maoists blow up rail tracks in Jharkhand, WB

Several long-distance trains detained

Railway tracks were blown up at Poisaita in Jharkhand affecting train services in the Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway on the Howrah-Mumbai route. “The Maoists triggered the blast to blow up about 18-metre rail track. None was injured in the incident,” Railway Police Superintendent Richard Lakra said. Several long-distance trains, including Howrah-Bilaspur- New Delhi Rajdhani Express, were detained at several stations.

Train services from Purulia district, bordering the Maoist strongholds of Jharkhand, to Jamshedpur were disrupted due to another blast triggered by Maoists near Kantadih station, about 20 km from Purulia town, in the Adra division of South Eastern Railway. The Up and Down tracks were damaged by the blast on Friday night, a railway official said.

The CPI(Maoists) gave the bandh call to protest against the arrest of Mahato, convener of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee against Police Atrocities in the West Midnapore district of West Bengal on September 26. The bandh was total in the Maoist strongholds of Bankura, West Midnapore and Purulia districts of West Bengal with shops remaining closed and public transport off the road.

In Orissa, normal life was affected in some areas of three naxal-infested districts of Sundargarh, Malkangiri and Koraput, while other parts of the state remained unaffected. Strict vigil was being maintained along Orissa’s borders with Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

‘Gandhy used fictitious identity’

Delhi police on Saturday alleged before a court that arrested CPI (Maoist) Politburo member Kobad Gandhy was living in the capital under a fictitious identity and had got himself treated at a hospital.

Public prosecutor Naveen Kumar referred to medical records seized by the police at the time of Gandhy’s arrest and claimed the accused was staying in Delhi by identifying himself as Narsee Patel. The court was hearing an application filed by Rajesh Tyagi, counsel for Gandhy, alleging that he was suffering from cardiac ailments and prostate cancer, was being denied basic medical facilities at the Tihar Jail.