Maoists blast rail tracks as bandh called by ultras begins
Suspected Naxals blew up railway tracks at Poisaita in Jharkhand and Kantadih in Purulia district of West Bengal early today as the bandh called by CPI (Maoists) began today to protest the arrest of one of their leaders.india Updated: Oct 03, 2009 13:03 IST
Suspected Naxals blew up railway tracks at Poisaita in Jharkhand and Kantadih in Purulia district of West Bengal early today as the bandh called by CPI (Maoists) began on Saturday to protest the arrest of one of their leaders.
Train services on Howrah-Mumbai route were affected due to the blast at Poisaita in Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway.
Railway Police Superintendent Richard Lakra said, "Maoists triggered the blast to blow up about 18-metre rail track. Nobody was injured as the incident".
Maoists have given the bandh call today in protest against the arrest of the convener of Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) Chhatradhar Mahato in West Midnapore district of West Bengal on September 26.
Several long-distance trains, including Howrah-Bilaspur-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, were detained at several stations due to the rail track damage, railway officials said.
Railway officials said Rajdhani Express was detained at Goilkera station.
Besides, Howrah-Pune Azad Hind Express was detained at Chakradharpur, Sambleshwari Express at Sini, Hapa-Howrah Express at Tatanagar, Mumbai-Howrah Mail at Manoharpur, Pune-Howrah Express at Rourkela and Mumbai-Howrah Geetanjali Express at Jharsuguda and Ahmedabad-Howrah Express at Rourkela.
Train services from Purulia district bordering Maoist strongholds of Jharkhand to Jamshedpur was also disrupted following another blast triggered by Maoists late last night at a place near Kantadih station, about 20-km from Purulia town, in Adra division of South Eastern Railway.
Both the Up and Down tracks were damaged by the blast and repair work has begun this morning, railway officials said.
The bandh has been total in Maoist strongholds of Bankura, West Midnapore and Purulia districts of West Bengal.
Shops have been closed and no public vehicle was plying in the areas, police said.