Bhubaneswar (Orissa): Maoist ultras fired
at a running train in Orissa where normal life was hit in
several Maoist-hit areas in the Bharat bandh called by them
against price rise and scams in different sectors.
About 35 ultras fired at Barsuan-Rourkela passenger
train this afternoon at Pattasahi in Sundargarh district.
However, no casualty or injury has been reported, police said.
This is the only train connecting Rourkela and Barsuan
to carry passengers working in the mining belt.
After firing, the rebels fled the scene.
Mining activities in K Balanag and Barsuan mines were
suspended as the workers did not turn up.
The impact of the bandh was also felt in districts
like Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal and
Ganjam as private and government buses were off the road and
shops and business establishments downed shutters.
Offices and educational institutions recorded thin
attendance and roads wore deserted, particularly in remote
areas in these districts, officials in Bhubaneswar said.
Security was tightened in Maoist-hit areas with heavy
force deployment and intensive patrolling in vulnerable places
to prevent any untoward incident, police said, adding no
violence was reported from anywhere in the state.