Congress leader`s relative killed in Maoist attack

Dozens of armed Maoists attacked a Congress leader`s house and a police station in Chhattisgarh.

Raipur: Maoists on Thursday attacked a police station and the house of a Congress leader in Chhattisgarh`s Dantewada district, killing two of his relatives and leaving two others injured, including his son.

Armed Naxalites struck at the Kuakonda police station in the district in the wee hours, drawing retaliation from the police personnel.

Police said that six Naxalites were killed in the attack. However, their bodies were yet to be recovered.

After that they attacked the house of Congress leader Avdesh Gautam in nearby Nakulnar village. Five security personnel posted at Gautam`s house retaliated, a police
spokesman said.

In the attack, two relatives of the Congress leader were killed and two others injured, including his son and a security personnel.

Maoists blast railway station, tracks

Maoists guerrillas blew up a railway station and tracks in Jharkhand today, the second day of a two-day strike called to protest against the killing of one of their top leaders, an official said.

"In two separate incidents, Maoist rebels blasted the building of Hehegara railway station and the railway tracks near Nichitpur halt," Amrendra Das, Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Dhanbad railway division, told a news agency.

More than a dozen trains were stranded at different places due to the blasts, he said, adding that the repair work is underway to restore the rail traffic.

Around 100 to 120 Maoists attacked the Hehegara railway station around 1.45 am Thursday and carried out a blast using dynamites and explosives.

Hehegara which falls under Coal Indian Cord (CIC) railway section in Latehar district, 130 Km from Ranchi.

As a precautionary measure railway authorities have cancelled seven trains which passes through the CIC section.

In another incident, Maoists targetted the railway tracks, hitting both up and down lines near Nichitpur halt in Dhanbad district, 190 Km from Ranchi.

The CPI- Maoists called the strike Wednesday and Thursday to protest the killing of their top leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in an alleged shootout July 2 in Andhra Pradesh. The rebels claim that police killed Azad in a staged gunfight after arresting him in Nagpur in Maharashtra.


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