Saturday, February 06, 2010

Naxals blow up rail tracks in Bengal, Bihar


New Delhi: Naxals have blown up the main railway line linking North India to Howrah in West Bengal.

Train services have been disrupted as the railway line was blown up at Jamui in Bihar

Several trains had already been cancelled on the route because of the 72-hour bandh called by the Naxals in four states.

"The bomb blast happened around 1230 hrs IST. 20 trains have been affected. Two of the trains were diverted. Two Delhi bound trains were detained at Jamtara and Roop Narayan station," said CPRO Eastern Railways Samir Goswami.

"Repairing work of the Railway track is on. Expecting the services to be restored later in the day," Goswami added.

Over half-a-dozen trains have been cancelled while the routes of many trains have been changed.

The Maoists have called a 72 hour Bandh in Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa.

All police stations in the naxal affected districts have been put on high alert. Additional forces of Special Auxiliary Police, Bihar Military Police and central para-military forces have been deployed. Maoists have called the bandh in protest against the joint police operations being launched against them by the four states.

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