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Five Naxal attacks in 12 hours

india Updated: Jul 08, 2010 15:53 IST

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The Maoists launched five attacks across the country in the last twelve hours during the 2-day bandh called by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) to protest the killing of their spokesperson Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad by the police in Andhra Pradesh.

Maoists on Thursday attacked a police station and the house of a Congress leader in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, killing two of his relatives and leaving two others injured, including his son.

Armed Naxalites struck at the Kuakonda police station in the district in the wee hours, drawing retaliation from the police personnel.

Police said that six Naxalites were killed in the attack. However, their bodies were yet to be recovered.

After that they attacked the house of Congress leader Avdesh Gautam in nearby Nakulnar village. Five security personnel posted at Gautam's house retaliated, a police spokesman said.

In the attack, two relatives of the Congress leader were killed and two others injured, including his son and a security personnel.

Maoists blew up a stretch of railway tracks under Dhanbad rail division early on Thursday on the second day of their two-day Bharat bandh, briefly disrupting train services in the area.

Explosives were blasted on the tracks between Lichitpur and Tetulmari railway stations, railway sources said here.

The blast uprooted about three feet of track, the sources said, adding several important trains including Rajdhani Express were held up at various stations following the damage before the services were restored around 9 am.

The Maoists are observing the two-day bandh in protest against the killing of their senior leader Azad in Andhra Pradesh.