Maoists carry out attack in Bihar and Jhakhand
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Last Updated: Monday, December 05, 2011, 15:20
Dhanbad: Maoists blew up a small portion of railway track in Jharkhand and set ablaze a mobile tower's rest room in Bihar, while life was peaceful in West Bengal and Odisha on the concluding day today of two-day 'Bharat bandh' called by the rebels.

In Jharkhand, the Maoists set off IEDs damaging a metre of railway track and the overhead wires between Nishitpur and Matari railway stations after the Dhanbad-Kharagpur passenger train passed around 11:00 pm on Sunday night, Divisional Operative Manager Ved Prakash.

Over 30 trains were stranded at different places, he said.

Long-distance buses and trucks stayed off the roads with the police patrolling national highways.

In Bihar, a group of 70 Maoists set fire to the rest room of a mobile tower in Rajpur Kaul Marpa village in East Champaran district, Phenhara police station in-charge Subhash Kumar said.

In Odisha, shops and business establishments remained closed in Kalimela, Motu, Padia and Chitrakonda areas of Malkangiri district and Suundergarh district bordering Jharkhand, police said.

Passengers faced a tough time as buses and other vehicles remained off the roads in Maoist-hit areas, including Malkangiri, Rayagada and Sundargarh for the second consecutive day, officials said.

In West Bengal, life was peaceful and largely unaffected in three districts comprising junglemahal.

Train services were also normal with a pilot engines running ahead of trains.

In Jhargram town, banks, post offices and shops were closed and transport was off the roads.

The picture was the same in the Maoist-hit Binpur, Belpahari, Jamboni and Lalgarh police stations areas which are near the Jharkhand border, they said.

In Purulia district, life was normal with offices and shops open, but buses were off the roads.

Trinamool Congress workers took out a procession in Raipur police station area opposing the bandh, they said. Shops were closed in Raipur, Ranibandh, Sarenga and Simplipal areas.

The bandh was called in protest against the killing of top Maoist leader Kishenji in West Midnapore district in an encounter with security forces on November 24.


First Published: Monday, December 05, 2011, 15:20

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