Maoists blow up railway station in Gaya
The Maoists' action was a bid to enforce the 24-hour Magadh bandh in Bihar to protest against arrest of their leader Guddu Sharma.india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 08:38 IST
CPI (Maoist) activists blew up portions of railway tracks and a halt station on the Gaya-Dhanbad section of Mughalsarai division on Sunday.
The Maoists' action was a bid to enforce the 24-hour Magadh bandh in Bihar to protest against arrest of their leader Guddu Sharma.
Over 200 heavily-armed ultras stormed the Bansi Nala halt station in Gaya district at around 2.15 am, overpowered the railway employees on duty forcing them to move away and detonated dynamites to raze the one room structure to the ground, police said.
The Naxalites also blew up the up and down lines in a stretch of few metres leading to disruption of railway traffic on the route since then, Amit Jain, SP, Gaya, said.
Senior police and railway officials have reached the spot. Repair work was taken up to restore traffic on the section, Jain said adding combing operation has been launched.
Meanwhile, railways have changed the route of more than 20 trains due to Sunday's bandh called by the Naxalites in Magadh division.
The routes of Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express, Howrah-Mumbai Mail, Neelanchal Express, Jodhpur Express, Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express, Shipra Express, Puri Express and a host of other trains have been changed, ECR sources said in Patna on Saturday night.