Violent start to Maoists' 48-hour bundh

Normal life was affected, mostly in rural areas of Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and three districts of Maharashtra, even as authorities stepped up security to thwart attacks by Maoists.

The ultras who are protesting against ‘Operation Green Hunt’ by security forces triggered a blast near a railway track at Bhalukhunia between Midnapore and Godapia Sal stations in Bengal’s West Midnapore district early on Monday which disrupted train services for three hours.

Over 20 Maoists stormed Bagjhappa village in the same district and set ablaze a CPM office late on Sunday night. Two CPM supporters were also beaten up by the group following which they were admitted to a hospital at Jhargram. Houses of two party supporters were also set afire in Chakua village.

In Jharkahnd, Maoists triggered a landmine blast blowing up a road bridge between Raipahari and Kurlisuta villages in Jharkhand’s Ghatsila sub-division. “Through such incidents, the Maoists are trying to divert the attention of the combined forces engaged in the combing operation to flush out the Maoists from the Jangalmahal area,” District Magistrate N S Nigam said.

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