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Rail, road services hit in Jharkhand

india Updated: Jun 30, 2010 13:25 IST

Rail and road services were hit in Jharkhand on Wednesday on the first day of a two-day strike in five Indian states, officials said.

"As a precaution, seven trains have been cancelled and the routes of eight have been diverted," a railway official said.

The diverted trains include the Ranchi-Delhi Swarna Jayanti Express and the Ranchi-Varanasi inter-city.

According to railway authorities, pilot engines will run in some Maoist strongholds at a speed of 60-65 km per hour.

Also, the national highways looked deserted as trucks were stranded at many places and long-route buses did not ply.

This is the second two-day strike called by the Communist Party of India-Maoist in June. It will cover Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.