Train services disrupted after Maoists create landmine hoax

Last Updated: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 13:56

Jhargram (WB): Train services in the Kharagpur-Tatanagar route of South-Eastern Railway were disrupted on Saturday after a landmine hoax created panic in West Midnapore district.

A pilot train along with a team of joint security forces rushed to the spot near Jhargram railway station after a driver of the Howrah-bound Sambalpur Express noticed some banners and a tiffin-box with wires spread out lying on the railway tracks in the wee hours today, police said.
Inspection by the bomb-disposal squad later revealed absence of any explosives, they added.

Police said that this was a ploy by the Maoists to create panic, as a result of which several local trains in the route were cancelled while long-distance trains got delayed.
The Maoists has called for a 24-hour bandh today in five states - West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhatisgarh.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 13:56

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