Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Naxals blow up railway station in Sundergarh district

25 Aug 2009, 1945 hrs IST, Nageshwar Patnaik, ET Bureau




BHUBANESWAR: In a fresh strike on railway establishments, suspected Maoists on Tuesday blew up a railway station and abducted three employees in
Sundergarh district, nearly 580 km from here.

Around 50 armed ultras stormed Roxy railway station bordering Jharkhand early morning and exploded the office buildings and platforms. Prior to the attack, they forced railway employees and passengers to run away, police said.

The explosion was so powerful that the entire building collapsed in like a glasshouse, said eyewitnesses. The signal room also suffered heavy damages affecting train services in the route.

“The explosion was very so powerful that not a single structure of the railway station survived the catastrophe. The rebels also torched 15 vehicles including eight dumpers parked near the railway station. They later asked three railway employees including the station master to follow them before fleeing the area,” assistant station master of Roxy railway station Aurobind Kumar told “The ET” over telephone.

Official reports reaching here said that the kidnapped employees were released in the afternoon.

“All the three employees reached their respective homes safely on Tuesday noon”, officer-in-charge of K.Bolang police station B.C.Sahu said.

The railway station located in mineral-rich K.Bolang area is mainly used to transport iron ore to Rourkela Steel Plant of Steel Authority of India Limited at Rourkela in Sundergarh district. The transportation of the ore to the steel plant would be seriously hit following the incident, officials feared. In another incident, suspected Maoists triggered a blast in Hatia-Bhubaneswar Garib Rath Express near Rourkela railway station in the wee hours of Tuesday. A toilet in the train was damaged in low the intensity explosion.

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