Jamui/Gaya (Bihar): Armed Maoists set fire
to railway properties and blew up a bank and looted money to
enforce their shutdown in the state, police said on Tuesday.
The ultras stormed Ismailpur railway station in Gaya late
last night and burnt some documents and furniture.
The station master and two other railway employees were
taken hostage at the station in Gaya-Mughalsarai section of
the East Central Railway but later set free, they said, adding
several trains remained stranded for more than seven hours at
Gaya station due to the incident.
Senior police officials reached the spot this morning and
raids continued in the area to apprehend the ultras.
The 48-hour bandh called by the Maoists in Bihar, Orissa,
Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal ends tonight.
In a separate attack, over 50 ultras surrounded the Khadi
Gram branch of the State Bank of India in Jamui and detonated
a dynamite to blow up the building early today, police said.
They also looted Rs 92,000 from the bank.
A search operation has been launched to nab the ultras.