Medininagar (Jharkhand): Maoists damaged
some slabs under railway tracks and torched a generator set of
a private mobile tower in Palamau district as the banned
outfit began its 24-hour shutdown in Jharkhand, Bihar and
north Chhattisgarh at midnight.
"The Maoists tried to blast the tracks, but only two
slabs of the tracks got damaged near Mohammad Ganj Railway
Station. It was repaired within 15 minutes in the early hours
and railway services continued normally with police
patrolling," Palamau district police chief Anup T Mathew told
He said the Maoists also set fire to the generator of
a mobile tower of a private telecom company in the same area.
The Maoists have called the shutdown in the three
states to protest the recent arrest of its politburo member
Jagdish Master in Bihar.
Several long-route buses and trucks have withdrawn
services to prevent any untoward incident as national highways
touch several Maoist pockets in Jharkhand, according to
Adequate police deployment at strategic locations have
been made to thwart Maoist violence, the police said.