Maoists blow up railway cabin signal point

The Maoists left a number of posters opposing anti-Maoist Operation Green Hunt taken up by Centre, harassment to the innocent tribals and demanded the release of Dr Binayak Sen.

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2011, 08:39 AM IST

Rourkela: Armed Maoists, including women cadres on Sunday blew up a cabin signal point of Bandamunda railway station in Orissa, disrupting railway service on Howrah-Mumbai and Rourkela-Hatia railway lines.

According to Railway sources 50 to 60 armed Maoists blasted the signal point around 2 am at a place about 10 kms from here, causing damage to the ASM room.

The Maoists left a number of posters opposing anti-Maoist Operation Green Hunt taken up by Centre, harassment to the innocent tribals and demanded the release of Dr Binayak Sen.

As a result of the blast, long-distance trains were controlled at various stations, railway sources said.

During their operation, the ultras took hostage to 12 employees on duty. They were later released after giving threats, sources said.

Senior railway officials have rushed to the spot.

PTI