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Maoists on rampage in Jharkhand, Bihar
Ranchi/Patna Oct 12 (PTI/IANS)
Published on 12 Oct. 2009 11:32 PM IST
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Maoists today blew up railway tracks and torched three trucks in Jharkhand and blasted a tower of a private telecom firm besides blocking roads in Bihar during a two-day shutdown called by them in protest against the Centre’s decision to crackdown on naxals. In Jharkhand, Maoists blasted railway tracks at Jharandih in the Coal belt Industrial Chord section in Dhanbad which led to the Shaktipunj Express and local trains being held up at various points, Senior Public Relations Officer of Dhanbad Rail Division Amrendra Das told PTI. In another incident, Suspected Maoist guerrillas Monday shot dead two senior officials of a coal mine, blew up a railway track and torched trucks in Jharkhand while enforcing a two-day strike in the state, police said. Panam Coal Company Director Sheetal Prasad and Additional Director Deenanath were killed when they had gone for a morning walk early Monday near Amarpara locality of Pakur district, about 550 km from state capital Ranchi. “It may be either Maoist or criminal incident. We cannot rule out possibilities of involvement of Maoist rebels,” Deputy Inspector General of police (DIG) of Dumka range Murari Lal Meena told IANS. A group of 12 armed Maoists also set fire to three trucks in Giridih district’s Isri area and blocked the Dumri-Giridih road with felled trees, Giridih Superintendent of Police Ravi Kant Dhan said. They also partially damaged a road bridge connecting Dumri to the Grand Trunk Road using explosives, the police officer said, adding gunshots were heard being fired in the area. In Bihar, armed Maoists bombed a tower of a private telecom firm with dynamite at Salaiya village and dug roads in Aurangabad district, officials said. They also dug up a 15 metre stretch of a road at Chanda village in the district disrupting traffic between Deo and Dhibra this morning. The Maoists left behind pamphlets claiming responsibility for the attacks, the sources said. Soon after the Maoists blew up one and a half metre of track near Jharandih, a light engine derailed, but none was injured, Railway PRO, Amrendra Das said. Jamshedpur Superintendent of Police Abhishek Kumar said two naxal sympathisers identified as Firoz Singh Munda and Laxman Singh, were arrested by a police patrol at Kuchai in neighbouring Sareikela-Kharsawan district. “They were taking mobile phones, police uniforms and naxal literature to handover to Maoist leader Chand, who operates in Tamar area,” the SP said. Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kamboj said Maoists partially damaged a road with explosives at Sardalo, bordering Bokaro district. According to sources in the Central Coalfields Limited the bandh affected 40 per cent of coal production as private contractors stopped work. Loading and unloading at bauxite mines in naxal-infested Gumla district were also hit, said sources in the bauxite mining sector. The bandh evoked response in naxal-strongholds, but had no impact on urban areas of Jharkhand. In West Bengal, the bandh was total in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, the police said.

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