Armed men raid railway station in WB

A group of unidentified armed men picked up a station master and three other employees from a railway station in Purulia district, but released them unharmed with a warning that no one should attend the TNC rally at Lalgarh.

Purulia: A group of unidentified armed
men claiming themselves to be Maoists picked up a station
master and three other employees from a railway station in
Purulia district, but released them unharmed with a warning
that no one should attend the Trinamool Congress rally at
Lalgarh.

The armed men stormed into the Urma railway station last
night and forced the station master, Aditya Kerketta, to
ring up some reporters in Purulia district to tell them that
none from the Purulia district should attend Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee`s August 9 rally at Lalgarh.
They then disconnected the phone and took him and three
other railway employees to some distance from the station,
before releasing them with a warning that they or any other
railway employees from the district should not attend the TC
rally, the Urma station master told reporters this morning.

The group also left behind some posters which claimed
that they were Maoists and warned people against attending the
rally.

The group also told the station master that no train
should run at night through the station, Kerketta said.

Following the Jnaneswari Express mishap on May 28, night
trains have been suspended between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am on two
railway sections, but not in the Purulia-Chandil section of
Adra division of the South Eastern Railways, Purulia station
master Shyamsundar Majumdar said.

The only train passing through the station at night was
the Tata-Chapra Express which was suspended last night after
the raid by the armed group, he said.

Goods trains on the section have already stopped running
at night, Majumdar said.

An inquiry was made by the Adra division officials today
at the Urma station after which the Railway Protection Force
checked the tracks before train services resumed, Majumdar
said.

Top Maoist leader Kishenji and Maoist-backed People`s
Committee against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) had earlier
expressed support for the TC rally.

When asked whether the armed men were Maoists, SP Rajesh
Yadav evaded a direct reply.

"The Railways are looking into it as it falls within
their jurisdiction. We are also looking into it," he said.

PTI

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