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Maoists bomb railway station, train services hit

india Updated: Feb 28, 2009 15:41 IST
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In a pre-dawn raid, Maoists on Saturday bombed a railway station, stormed another and feared to have abducted two railway officials in Orissa's Sundergarh district, bringing train services on the Tatanagar-Rourkela route to a grinding halt.

About 60 Maoists, including women, struck Bhalulata railway station, 25 km from here on Howrah-Mumbai section, and triggered explosions using landmines and powerful explosives, inspector in-charge of Bisra police station C S Mohanty said.

The station building was virtually razed to the ground as its roof collapsed under the impact of the explosions, Railway police said, adding nobody was injured in the attack.

The station master, a gateman and a porter fled the scene and reappeared about four hours after the incident to resume duty, they said.

Another railway station at Chandiposh, about 30 km from here on Rourkela-Barasuan section, was also attacked by about 50 Maoists around the same time, police said adding the ultras left after firing but the station master S K Singh and his assistant Samir Mukherjee are missing since then.

The two are feared to have been abducted by the ultras and efforts are on to trace them, police said.

Train services on the Howrah-Mumbai were hit due to the attacks and resumed only after nine hours, leading to the cancellation of four trains.