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Maoist rampage in Bihar
PATNA, JUN 15 (IANS):
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Published on 16 Jun. 2010 12:47 AM IST
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Maoist guerrillas in Bihar set ablaze a railway station and a bank as well as attacked a police station and a camp of the Special Auxiliary Police to enforce their two-day shutdown, officials said Tuesday.
The incidents took place late Monday. Guerrillas torched the Ismailpur railway station in Gaya district on the busy Gaya-Mughalsarai rail route, disrupting train services for several hours. Long route trains, including the Rajdhani Express, were affected.
“Maoists first attacked the Ismailpur railway station and forced the railway officials to vacate the place. They then torched the railway station. The documents of the record room were completely destroyed,” a police official in Gaya, about 100 km from here, told IANS.
No casualties were reported. In Jamui district, Maoists set on fire a branch of the State Bank of India. “Maoists set ablaze an SBI branch at Khadigram under Barhat police station,” an official said.
In another incident, over 100 armed guerrillas attacked a police station and a camp of the Special Auxiliary Police in Rohtas district.
“The alert police officials forced Maoists to flee after an hour-long encounter,” Rohtas Superintendent of Police Vikas Vaibhav said.
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) called for a two-day shutdown in Bihar and Jharkhand beginning Monday to protest the arrest of two Maoists in Bihar - Sambhuji in Rohtas district and Kamruddin in Patna district.
In view of the shutdown, at least nine trains were cancelled and some diverted in Bihar. The trains cancelled include the Patna-Barka Kana Singrauli Express, the Barka Kana-Patna Express and the Singrauli-Garhwa Express, said an official of the East Central Railway.
“An alert has been sounded in the state and adequate security arrangements are in place,” Additional Director General of Police P.K. Thakur said.
Public transport was hit in some rural areas. A few long-route buses also called off their services.
13 arrested for alleged Maoist links
Thirteen people, including two Kolkata-based professors, were Tuesday arrested for their alleged links with Maoists in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, police said.
All of them were held from Kantapahari area under Lalgarh police station, about 200 km west of the metropolis, police sources said. They include two professors - Nisha Biswas and Kanishka Chowdhury.
They were first detained after police were informed that the group came from the city to meet one of the second rung leaders of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) allegedly responsible for carrying out operations in the district, a senior officer said.
The group members however, told the police that they went to the villages to speak to people about their suffering and functioning of the government offices in the area, he said.

 
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