Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Naxals take passengers train hostage in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Ahead of phase II of general elections on Thursday, Naxals reportedly took hostage a passenger train going from Barkana to Mugalsarai in Jharkhand.

According to early TV reports, the train which has up to 800 passengers on board, was take over by 7am.

The naxals had earlier called for boycott of the on going elections in Bihar and Jharkhand states.
On April 16, during the Phase I of Lok Sabha election the naxal rebels had killed at least 19 people in Chhattisgarh.

An agency report also claimed that Maoists blew up railway station, school in Jharkhand.

At least 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.

Source: IS, IANS

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