Security forces are maintaining a tight vigil as the day-long bandh called by CPI (Maoist) in Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal to protest against the arrest of their cadre began early on Saturday.
A report from Hazaribagh said a group of Maoists obstructed laying of new rail tracks at Katkamsahi and allegedly took away machinery from the site on Friday night.
Long distance bus operators have pulled out their vehicles in Gumla, Latehar, Chatra, Hazaribag, Palamau and Singhbhum districts to avoid any untoward incident as several Maoist-hit pockets touch the highways.
A tight vigil is being maintained at railway stations and railway tracks.
Eighteen out of 24 districts in Jharkhand are Maoist-affected.