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Maoists blow up railway tracks in Bihar

PTI  Patna, December 12, 2007
First Published: 09:43 IST(12/12/2007) | Last Updated: 09:47 IST(12/12/2007)

CPI (Maoist) guerrillas went on a rampage by blowing up railway tracks at two places in Bihar' Lakhisarai district in the wee hours to protest the death sentence awarded to five of their comrades for killing three policemen in Banka district last week.

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The rebels blew up railway tracks near Bhalui halt station on Jhajha-Kiul section of East Central Railway around 2 am, disrupting train services on Patna-Howrah main line, EC railway Deputy General Manager and Chief Public Relations Officer, AK Chandra, told PTI.

The naxalites blasted the up and down tracks and also fired upon the locals who rushed to the spot on hearing the explosion but no one was injured.

RPF and GRP personnel have reached the spot and the up track has been restored, Chandra said, adding traffic would resume after police clearance. The down track would also be opened for traffic in the next couple of hours, he added.

Nearly 15 trains, including Hatia-Gorakhpur Maurya Express, Howrah-Danapur Express and Amritsar-Howrah Punjab mail were halted at several places under Danapur and Asansol divisions.

The maoists had blown up tracks near Bhalui halt during a bandh last month.

In another incident, the maoist rebels blew up the single line between Kajra and Urain stations on Kiul-Jamalpur section of Eastern Railway at 3.45 am, its Chief Public Relations Officer, Deepak Jha, said.

Track restoration work is on and it would be opened for traffic after police clearrance by 10 am, he said.


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