Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Maoists blow up a railway brige

Maoists today blew up a symbol of repression -- a railway bridge. By blowing up taxpayers money and inconvieniencing passengers the Communists scored a double victory for the revolution.

Naxalites blow up railway track in Bihar (The Hindustan Times, Jan 26, 2006)

Despite a state-wide alert, CPI (Maoist) rebels on Wednesday night blew up a culvert between Paraiya and Guraru stations in Bihar's Gaya district. They also planted bombs at Deo Road station in Aurangabad district, paralysing railway traffic on the Gaya-Mughalsarai grand chord section on the eve of Republic Day.

Railway sources said traffic on the route has been completely paralysed following the incidents and several trains were stranded at Gaya and Anugrahnarain stations in Aurangabad.

Superintendent of Police, Aurangabad, Sushil Khopde said that over 40 heavily-armed extremists confined the railway staff at Deo Road station and planted bombs on the track at around 9.30 pm.

However, as a police contingent arrived at the spot, the Naxalites, who have called a nation-wide bandh on the Republic day, retreated without putting up any resistance.

All the staff were later freed, he said.

Khopde said a bomb disposal squad, which was rushed from Gaya by train to defuse the bombs, was also stranded after the culvert was blown up.

Earlier in the day, Maoist guerrillas attacked a police outpost in Banka district by exploding bombs and firing from guns and stabbed one havildar critically injuring him.

They also looted four rifles and one carbine.

Superintendent of Police, Banka, DN Gupta said over 50-60 heavily armed Maoists encircled the Khesar outpost under Belhar police station area in the district in the evening and threw several bombs damaging the building.



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