Alert in Bihar for Maoist bandh, trains suspended
The Naxalites have called a bandh in protest against the arrest of their four leaders.india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 22:25 IST
All police stations in five districts under Bihar's Magadh division have been alerted in view of Sunday's bandh called by CPI(Maoist) even as the East Central railway suspended operations on the Patna-Gaya route as a precautionary measure.
DIG (Magadh range) Arvind Kumar Pandey said that all police stations, particularly those in Naxalite-dominated areas, have been asked to be on a state of "high alert" and patrolling has been intensified.
The Naxalites have called a bandh in protest against the arrest of their four leaders, including Guddu Sharma and Binda Singh in Patna last Sunday evening.
The CPI (Maoist) rebels had laid a siege over Nadaul railway station for some time after chasing away the station master the same night.
The division consists of extremist-hit Gaya, Jehanabad, Arwal, Aurangabad and Nawada districts.
Meanwhile, the ECR authorities on Saturday night suspended train services on Patna-Gaya route as a 'precautionary measure' leading to cancellation of six trains today and on Sunday and regulation and diversion of routes of many more.
The trains which have been cancelled are Buddha Purnima Express, Rajendra Nagar-Barkakana-Palamu Express, Dhanbad-Firozpur Express, Patna-Gaya Passenger, Dhanbad-Gaya Intercity and Varanasi-Asansol Express, ECR sources said.
The trains which have been regulated are: Hatia-Delhi Jharkjhand Swarna Jayanti Express, Jodhpur-howrah Express, Sialdah-Jammu Tawi Express, Bhuvneshwar Rajdhani Express, Sialdah-Delhi Rajdhani Express, Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express and Howrah-Gwalior Chambal Express.