Rail services during `Bihar bandh` disrupted
Patna: CPI(M-L) activists on Thursday squatted on the railway tracks in some districts to disrupt train movements during the 24-hour `Bihar-Bandh` called by them demanding a CBI probe into the murder of Sonhathu panchayat mukhiya Devendra Kumar Singh alias Chhotu Jaiswal.
CPI (M-L) cadres carrying banners, posters and placards agitated on the railway tracks to disrupt movement of trains in Aurangabad, Bhojpur, Darbhanga, Samastipur, Patna and Jehanabad districts, official reports said.
The protesting CPI(M-L) activists also raised slogans at several railway stations across the state demanding immediate arrest of the killers of the mukhiya and CBI probe into the mukhiya murder case and the subsequent police lathicharge on the protesters in Aurangbadbad district.
However, East Central Railway (ECR) Public Relations Officer (PRO) Neeraj Ambhastha claimed that there was no impact of the CPI(M-L) stir on the railway services and the trains were plying as usual.
A strong crowd of CPI(M-L) leaders, workers and sympathisers led by its national general secretary Deepankar Bhattacharya took out a protest march in the state capital and blocked the vehicular traffic on the busy Dakbunglow roundabout during the bandh.
On the Aurangabad incidents the CPI(M-L) leader demanded the arrest of the killers of the mukhiya and action against the district magistrate and the superintendent of police, besides CBI probe in the murder case and the police lathicharge on the protesters earlier this month.
In Jehanabad district, the CPI(M-L) workers stopped the Patna-Gaya Passenger tran and Dehri-Gaya intercity express for sometimes, official sources said.
The agitators blocked road on the Station chowk and Arwal crossing on the NH-83 and threw stones on the passing vehicles, damaging some vehicles, they said..
Reports from Bhojpur district say that the protesting CPI(M-L) activists took out a rally in Ara town and also stopped Buxur-Patna Sahib passenger train at the railway station.
In Samastipur district, the protesters marched towards the railway station where they stopped movement of New Delhi-bound Bihar Sampark Kranti Express, Barauni-New Delhi Vaishali Express, official reports said.
A report from Darbhanga said that the CPI(M-L) activists stopped movement of Darbhanga-Patna Express, Darbhanga-New Delhi Sampark Kranti Express at Laheriasarai railway station, while other protesters formed a human chain near Darbhanga tower and blocked road traffic.
Similar agitations were reported from Gaya and Gopalganj districts, according to reports.
Meanwhile, the CPI (M-L) office secretary Kumar Parvez claimed that the bandh was total and it received spontaneous and total support from the people throughout Bihar.
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