Sunday, December 23, 2007

Maoists attack railway station in Chhattisgarh

23 Dec 2007, 1954 hrs IST,PTI

RAIPUR: Maoists on Sunday attacked a railway station in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district and looted all the communication equipment kept there and held staffers hostage briefly, police said.

"About 100 Maoists cordoned off Kamalur railway station, about 400 km from here, and took hostage all the staff members," officers from Bhanshi police station, under which Kamalur falls, said.

Although Naxals did not cause any harm to the railway staff, they took away all the communication equipment from the railway station before escaping from the spot, police said.

The looting of the equipment adversely affected rail traffic from the station, they said.

The Maoists have taken away one set of wireless walkie- talkie, three pieces of magnet phones, two pieces of control phones, one set each of WLL phone and signal torch among other equipment, police sources said.

It was the third major operation carried out by Maoists in Dantewada, a Naxal stronghold. On December 16, 105 Maoists escaped from Dantewada district jail along with 200 other inmates and on Thursday, Maoists killed 12 policemen and looted their sophisticated weapons in a forest

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