Train services in Bihar paralysed by Maoist blockade
The blockade, which ends at midnight tonight, hits life in Maoist strongholds in the rural pockets of Gaya, Jehanabad and Arwal districts.patna Updated: Jun 27, 2007 19:41 IST
Train services across Bihar were on Wednesday paralysed by the two-day economic blockade called by the banned CPI-Maoist though the situation in the state was largely peaceful barring the torching of a truck in Gaya.
The operation of all night trains on the Patna-Gaya, Fatuha-Islampur, Bikramganj-Sasaram and Khagaria-Rosera sections would remain suspended tonight, East Central Railway officials said.
The 48-hour blockade, which ends at midnight tonight, hits life in Maoist strongholds in the rural pockets of Gaya, Jehanabad and Arwal districts but did not not have any impact in urban areas.
Very little traffic was seen on roads and marketplaces were closed for the second day at Raniganj, Imamganj and Barachatti in Gaya district, where a foodgrain-laden truck was set ablaze by Naxalites at Mahipur this morning.
In the rural pockets of adjoining Jehanabad, there was a bandh-like situation with roads deserted and shops closed. Barring a few two-wheelers, there was little traffic on the roads linking Jehanabad to Arwal and Ekangarsarai.
The rural areas of Nawada district, where Naxalites hold sway, observed a bandh but life in the district headquarters was unaffected.
The blockade evoked no response in the north Bihar districts of Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Madhubani, East and West Champaran, Sitamarhi and Sheohar, all of which have a history of Naxalite violence.
The Maoists called the blockade to protest the economic policies of the Centre, including the creation of SEZs, and the alleged torture of Maoist cadres in custody.