Saturday, June 27, 2009

Maoists set ablaze bus in Bihar

Muzaffarpur, June 27: Armed squad of proscribed CPI (Maoist) on Saturday set ablaze a bus near Ramnagar village in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district during a bandh called by the outfit at Tirhut in protest against its worker's murder.

Inspector General of Police (Operation) S K Bhardwaj told agency in Patna that the Naxalites asked the passengers to alight the bus and set it on fire at Ramnagar village bordering East Champaran district. No one was injured.

The timely intervention of the locals who doused the fire saved the bus from complete damage, Bhadrdwaj said adding that all police stations in Tirhut division had been put on maximum alert following the bandh call given by the Maoists.

He said that an operation had been launched to nab the ultras.

The Naxalites had called a bandh in Tirhut division to protest the murder of their activist Jagdish Mahto, whose body was recovered by police from the banks of a river near Piprakothi in East Champaran district a week ago.

Bureau Report

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