Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Maoists blow up railway station, school in Jharkhand

Indo-Asian News Service
Ranchi, April 22, 2009
First Published: 09:54 IST(22/4/2009)
Last Updated: 09:54 IST(22/4/2009)

Maoist guerrillas blew up a railway station and a school in two separate incidents in Jharkhand, police said Wednesday.

Over 50 rebels of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) bombed Utari Road railway station and also destroyed a nearby track in Palamau district, about 190 km from here, late Tuesday.

Police said the militants had planned to target the New Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express, which was to pass through the station 30 minutes after the blast.

The route of the train was diverted after the incident. Railway services were disrupted on the Dehri Onson and Barkakana route.

Maoist rebels also blew up a school and health centre in Narayanpur village in Chatra district Tuesday night. Eighteen government buildings, including nine schools, have been bombed in the last two weeks in the state.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in the last eight years in Maoist related violence in the state.

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