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Maoists protest President Obama’s visit
Patna/Kolkata, Nov 8 (PTI/IANS):
Published on 9 Nov. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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Maoists in Bihar blew up a railway track and torched trucks and mobile phone towers Monday to protest against US President Barack Obama’s visit to India. Two policemen were also killed in a blast a day ahead of the fifth round of Bihar assembly elections Tuesday.
The rail track was blasted near the Kurhani railway station on the Hajipur-Muzaffarpur section of East Central Railway in Muzaffarpur, derailing 10 wagons of a goods train, police said.
In another incident, two policemen of the bomb disposal squad were killed and three others injured when an explosive planted by the Maoists at Banke Bazar in Gaya district went off, a police official said.
Maoist literature opposing Obama’s visit was found at the spot.
Additional Director General of Police P.K. Thakur said Maoists blasted a block office and set fire to four trucks in Gaya district Sunday night.
Maoists burnt four trucks near the Amas police station in Gaya and also blasted the block office at Banke Bazar.
In Orissa, the rebels Monday blew up a newly constructed school building in Malkangiri district, police said. No one was injured.
Meanwhile, Four persons, including two Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists and the mother of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper, were killed Monday by suspected Maoist guerrillas in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, police said.
“A CPI-M leader of Patashimul village was shot dead in the afternoon, while the bodies of Sandhyarani Mahato, Rashbihari Mahato and Owahed Ali of Ganakkata village in Jhargram sub-division were found in the morning,” said Jhargram Police district superintendent Praveen Tripathi.
A group of four-five Maoists, riding on motorbikes, attacked former CPI-M rural body member of Patashimul panchayat - Kanai Rai - at his residence Monday afternoon, he said.
“The group dragged him out and shot him at point-blank range. His wife Basanti Rai tried to prevent the attack, and sustained a bullet injury on her left hand,” Tripathi said.
She was rushed to Jhargarm sub-divisional hospital in critical condition.
“Kanai, who was away from home for over six months fearing Maoist attack, had returned this (Monday) morning,” he said.
In a separate incident, a group of Maoist guerrillas attacked Ganakkata village in Jhargram sub-division Sunday night and dragged out Sandhyarani Mahato, Rashbihari Mahato and Owahed Ali from their houses. Their bullet-ridden bodies were recovered Monday morning.
Rashbihari was a CPI-M supporter while Owahed Ali was an employee of the local block office.
“During preliminary investigations, it was learnt that Sandhyarani was killed because her son is a jawan (trooper) of the CRPF,” said additional superintendent of police (operations) Mukesh Kumar.
CRPF is involved in the ongoing anti-Maoist operations in Lalgarh and adjoining areas.
“Owahed was shot dead as his brother joined the state police as an assistant sub-inspector in Howrah district. Rashbihari was shot dead for allegedly working as a police informer,” he said.
“It is a matter of concern as six people were killed in Jhargram by the Maoists in the last 48 hours. We are suspecting that the squad operating in the area, led by Sashadhar Mahato and Suchitra Mahato, is involved in the murder,” he said.
Maoists are active in three western districts of the state - West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.
According to an official report from Gaya, the Naxalites blasted a block office and set fire four trucks in the district late last night in a determined bid to enforce the shutdown.
Over 100 ultras commanded the drivers and helpers of the truck to leave their vehicles, sprayed petrol and kerosene and burned four trucks near Amas police station in the district.
Maoists also blasted the block office at Banke Bazar in the district from where posters were recovered against US President Barack Obama’s visit to India.
In the third incident reported from the district, the heavily armed ultras exchanged fire with security personnel at Maigra high school of Dumaria police station in the district.
No casualty was however reported in any of these incidents, official sources said.
Commandos of Special Task Force of Bihar Police assisted by CRPF personnel were engaged in combing operations against the Maoists in the area.

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