Friday, April 24, 2009

Naxalites had hijacked same train 2 yrs ago

23 Apr 2009, 0513 hrs IST, Jaideep Deogharia, TNN

HEHEGARHA/PATNA: The passenger train with 1,000 passengers, travelling between Gomoh in Jharkhand to Mughalsarai in UP, was hijacked at Hehegarha in
Jharkhand's Latehar district, a Naxal stronghold.

The passengers were held hostage for four hours. Latehar was hit by Maoists on the first day of the polls when the red rebels ambushed a BSF convoy in Latehar, killing seven jawans and two civilians. Two years ago, the red brigade had hijacked the same train (BDM 627) in the same area.

Passengers cowered in train coaches, baking under a sweltering 42-degree heat, as Maoists armed with AK-47s patrolled outside. The operation began at 7.29am and

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