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Maoist bandh turns violent, 3 killed in Chattisgarh and Jharkand

The bandh by Maoists turned violent in two states today when the rebels attacked the house of a Congress leader in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district killing two of his relatives and blew up a railway station in Jharkand leaving one person dead.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2010 21:18 IST

The bandh by Maoists turned violent in two states on Thursday when the rebels attacked the house of a Congress leader in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district killing two of his relatives and blew up a railway station in Jharkand leaving one person dead.

A road bridge was also blown up and a four-wheeler used by the CISF personnel of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) torched by the Maoists in extremist-hit West Singhbhum district in Jharkand.

A three-feet rail section under Dhanbad Rail Division was also blasted, holding up several trains including a Rajdhani train.

The Maoists continued their overnight violence on the second day of their two-day bandh in protest against the killing of their senior leader Azad in Andhra Pradesh on July 1 following up their attacks in Chattisgarh and Orissa.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Umesh Chandra Marandi was abducted after Naxals attacked a police station in Daitari town in Orissa's Keonjhar district late last night. Marandi is still missing, police said.

Today's attack on the house of Avdesh Gautam, a Congress leader, in Dantewada, about 300 km from Raipur, also left two persons injured including his son. One of the two persons who died was identified as Gautam's brother-in-law Sanjay Singh, police said.

The attack took place in Nakulnar village after the naxals struck at nearby Kuakonda police station in the wee hours drawing retaliation from the police personnel.

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

Gautam is considered close to Congress leader Mahendra Karma, the politician said to be the organiser of Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites.

Gautam's closeness to Karma may have led to the Naxal attack. He has survived two attempts on his life in the past, police said.

In Jharkand, a security man was killed in an encounter after Maoists blew up part of the Hehegarha railway station in Latehar district early today.

The gun-battle began around 2:00 am after about 100 armed Maoists dynamited a portion of the railway station killing security man Indra Dev Singh of the Jharkhand Jaguar Force, according to DGP control room sources in Raipur.

The blast damaged the signal room, cabin and half of the main building of the railway station, while the up and down lines were also blown up, the sources said.