Sunday, October 15, 2006

Maoists blast railway track in Jharkhand

Maoists blast railway track in Jharkhand
Giridih (Jharkhand), Oct. 15 : Maoists blew up a railway track at Chegdo in Jharkhand's Giridih District in the wee hours today.

Maoists blasted off about four-metre long railway track at around 1:30 a.m. (IST) at Chegdo, about 60 km from Giridih, police sources said.

Train services on the up-line were affected following the blast and restoration work was on since morning.

Maoists had yesterday observed a 24-hour shut down in Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh to protest against the arrest of three of their leaders. The shut down call was given by a frontal organization of the Maoists, Revolutionary Democratic Front.

Police had arrested Sobha alias Budhuni Munda, a key Maoist leader along with two others, at Ramjodi near Lathikata in Sundargarh District.

Sobha alias Budhuni Munda, the wife of senior Maoist leader Kishan, was in arrested from Sundargarh on October 7. She has been remanded to seven-day police custody.

She is said to be a member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) 38- member central committee.

The attack comes a day after Congress party president Sonia Gandhi said that a new approach has to be adopted to deal with the menace of Maoist.

Gandhi, who was in Chhatisgarh capital Raipur yesterday to attend the valedictory function of a state-level training programme for party members in the state, said while addressing a public rally that the administration had to develop infrastructure condition in the state.

"As far as Naxal violence is concerned, the matter has to be seen with a new outlook. The administration has to look at this matter and has to develop the infrastructure and economic condition of the affected region. We know violence is no answer to any problem. The youth have to made aware of this, as also the backward regions have to be developed to tackle the problem. The development policies have to be implemented properly. The administration has to work intelligently," said Sonia.

Jharkhand is one of the 13 states hit by the Maoist insurgency that began more than three decades ago.

Maoists are said to be active in 14 of the 30 districts of Orissa. The State government banned the CPI (Maoist) and seven pro-Maoist organisations earlier this year.

The seven front organisations declared unlawful are the Daman Pratirodh Manch, the Revolutionary Democratic Front, the Chasi Mulia Samiti, the Kui Lawanga Sangh, the Jana Natya Mandali, the Krantikari Kisan Samiti and the Bal Sangam.

According to Home ministry, 76 districts in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are 'badly affected by Maoist violence'.


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