Jharkhand: Maoist blow up railway tracks; protest amendment of Land Acquistion Act
Train services in the Gomoh-Gaya section of East Central Railway were disrupted as suspected CPI (Maoist) ultras blew up railway tracks on Thursday during the Jharkhand bandh called by them to protest the amendment in Land Acquisition Act, railway officials said. The track was blown up on the Jamunia river bridge between Gomoh-Telo station under Dhanbad division of East Central Railway, they said. Due to the incident, several trains were delayed including Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani express, Tata-Amritsar Express, Ranchi-Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak express, Delhi-bound Samparkranti express, Gomoh-Barkakana passenger and Gomoh-Barwadih, Railway Traffic Inspector Vikas Kumar said. Later, the track was repaired and traffic returned to normal.
Meanwhile, the bandh had a mixed response in the mineral-rich Kolhan region comprised of East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan districts. While shops and market in Naxal-stronghold areas were closed, road traffic was also thin, police said. However, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the region as yet and the railway services was normal, police said.
Movement of Chhattishgarh Maoists in Border Areas of Odisha’s Rayagada-Kalahandi Districts
Report by Badal Tah, Rayagada: After receiving reliable information about movement of armed CPI-Maoist group in Niyamagiri hills adjacent to Balasaraj village bordering Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, ajoint operation was launched involving the police forces of both the districts to nab the Maoists. During the combing operation on last Wednesday at about 3 PM near village Semlabhata under Lanjigarh Police Station, the ultra left activists, all of a sudden, opened fire towards the police forces resulting exchange of fire between police force and the Maoists.
Taking advantage of thick bushes and undulated terrains, the left wing extremists managed to flee away. “It is highly suspected that some Maoists have got injured during this operation”, said Sri KSiva Subramani, SP, Rayagada during a press release on Thursday. After a thorough search on the spot, the police force was able to recover materials like: one switch board for landmine, one Tiffin Bomb(landmine), four numbers of electric detonators, 30 metres electric wire,one ADIN model walkie talkie, a Maoist Constitution, a small radio, three torch lights, two polythene sheets, some Maoist literature, clothes including winter garments and articles for day-to-day use by the Maoists. From the recovered Maoist literature, LWEs are ascertained to belong to Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabalidivision of Maoist Group. Sri Y.Jagannath Rao, DSP and Sri Patel, Additional SP were also present during this press meet.