Friday, April 24, 2009

Maoists blow up station

- Railway tracks damaged, train services disrupted

The Chiyanki railway station after Wednesday’s blast. Picture by Saikat Chatterjee
Ranchi, April 23: Mounting pressure on the administration, Maoist rebels blew up the Chiyanki railway station, 10km from Medininagar in Palamau district and 150km from Ranchi, and two railway tracks late last night. The station office and tracks were damaged in the blast.

The CPI(Maoist) carried out the blasts to teach the railway authorities a lesson for plying trains even though an indefinite statewide bandh sponsored by the outfit was on.

Sources said that around 150 rebels stormed the station around 10pm and used three can bombs to carry out the blasts. The rebels also shattered the window glasses of the station’s east cabin and damaged the signal system.

“They carried out the explosions one after the other. While leaving, they raised slogans against police,” a local resident said.

The incident paralysed train services at the station, disrupting movements of about 12 trains. Superintendent of police of Palamau Ravikant Dhan said that the railway tracks were repaired today after which train services resumed.

The Naxalites have called the bandh in demand for compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the five villagers allegedly killed by paramilitary forces at Barhania village in Latehar on April 15.

Meanwhile, the Lohardaga police arrested a PLFI member, Sanjay Oraon, today. A regular 9mm pistol and six rounds of cartridges were found on him.

District police superintendent Subodh Prasad said Oraon was earlier forwarded to jail in connection with a murder case.

Giridih attacks

Maoists today carried out three blasts in Giridih. The first blast took place near Jalebia More on Giridih-Dumri road while the second one occurred at Khetadabar.

Three members of a patrolling team — magistrate Rajindra Singh, constable Surendra Singh and driver Reyaz Ahmad — were injured in a landmine blast at Gadisrirampur in Muffassil.

Police recovered a 20-kg can bomb from a bridge side in Pirtand.

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