Saturday, May 08, 2010

Naxals blow up railway track; torch 2 buses

Priti Nath Jha & H K Verma, TNN, May 7, 2010, 04.58am IST

MUZAFFARPUR/CHHAPRA: Maoists blew up a portion of railway track between Turki and Kurhani railway station in Muzaffarpur district on Thursday during their 48-hour strike called to protest police attempt to foil a Maoist-backed outfit’s public meeting there on April 30. The Maoists also set afire two buses under the Maker police station in Saran district.

The activists of the CPI(Maoist) blasted the railway track between Turki and Kurhani stations on the Muzaffarpur-Hajipur section of the East Central Railway (ECR) on early Thursday morning to protest police action against their “Mehangai virodhi rally” at Muzaffarpur on April 30.

The impact of the blast twisted about a metre-long section of the track, damaged five sleeper bogies and made a big hole on the surface of the earth. Sonepur DRM R K Agrawal, however, said that the blast was of low intensity.

Agrawal said that the railway administration received the information about the damaged railway track from the driver of the Lucknow-Barauni Express (5204), P K Lal. The said train had passed the blast site around 6.45 hours. The driver informed that the train had jerked heavily while passing through the blast site but reached the Turki station safely. The driver would be suitably awarded for his alertness, the DRM said.

Initially, the train services remained disrupted on the single track route from 7.10 to 11.30 hours. As a result, 10 trains had to be detained at various stations for over four hours. The first train to be affected was Delhi-Saharsa Garib Rath. The train services have, however, restored on the track at restricted speed, the DRM said.

As neither any Maoist poster was found on the spot nor any slogan was raised by Maoists or any Maoist leader owned up the incident so far, the district police and the GRP are hesitating to acknowledge the incident as one triggered by the rebels.

Muzaffarpur SP Sunil Kumar said that the railway administration took at least two hours to inform the police about the incident. The blast occurred around 6 in the morning and the nearest police station was informed around 8 am, he added.

The SP, however, said the blast does not seem to be the handiwork of Maoists.

In another incident, Maoists torched two buses parked near Bagha Cola village on Chhapra-Muzaffarpur NH near Rewa Ghat under the Maker police station of Saran district on Wednesday night.

The Maoists, who had left behind pamphlets issued by the North Bihar Regional Sub-Committee, sought people’s co-operation to make their 48-hour strike, which began on Wednesday midnight, a grand success.

DSP Mithilesh Kumar reached the place of occurrence to ascertain the situation. “The owners of the torched buses — Sachin Singh of Amnour and Ajai Singh of Ferozpur (Amnour) — have denied any enmity with Maoists or non-compliance of any demand for levy,” Kumar said and added that the local people are annoyed with the increasing activities of Maoists.

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