Sunday, November 29, 2009

Maoists attack actor Manoj Tiwari

Headlines Today Bureau
Ranchi, November 29, 2009

The 48-hour bandh called by the banned CPI - Maoists in Jharkhand began violently with Naxals blowing up a railway track near Dania in Bokaro district.

The Maoists have called for a two-day bandh to protest the alleged police torture and to demand the release of their jailed leaders.

The Maoists struck in Bokaro district despite tight security in the state.

Maoists allegedly also attacked Bhojpuri film actor Manoj Tiwary in Giridih. The actor who was in a car escaped unhurt.

The bandh comes ahead of the second phase of state Assembly elections on December 2.

The bandh has clearly been called to disrupt the election process as it comes amid campaigning by various political parties.

The campaigning comes to an end tomorrow.

Maoists blow up railway station, tracks, utility structures
Maoists have blasted a small railway station, tracks and utility buildings at various places.

Armed Maoists planted explosives and triggered the blast, damaging the one-room building of Mahubuang railway station in Simdega and railway tracks in the wee hours, Inspector General of Police V Deshmukh told PTI.

Forces have reached the spot and repair work is going on, he added.

The activists also blew up another stretch of railway track between Jageswar and Dania in Bokaro district late last night, he said adding that under the impact of the blast, electricity was also snapped near the tracks.

However, there was no report of any casualty in the series of incidents.

The blasts disrupted several trains on that route, according to railway sources.

In Palamau, the Maoists blew up a panchayat hall and a school building at Pipra village hours before the bandh started at midnight, police said.

The proscribed outfit has called for the bandh to demand production of its South Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee leader Ashok Mahto in a court, a claim Jharkhand police denied.

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