Naxalites disrupted rail services on two lines after kidnapping two cabin men in the district as part of their week-long protest marked as ‘Shahadat Saptah’, police said on Thursday. The railway services, which was hampered after midnight last night on the Kiul-Jhajha rail section and the Kiul-Jamalpur rail section, were later restored in the morning on both the lines, officials said.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Pawan Kumar Upadhyaya said that naxlites, numbering around 15-20, kidnapped a cabin man of Gopalpur railway halt on Kiul-Jhajha rail section and asked him to stop rail services. The rail service on the line was hampered between midnight lastnight and 7 am (this morning), ASP said adding that naxalites later released the cabin man.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Pankaj Kumar said that naxalites had also kidnapped and threatened the cabin man of Urain railway station on Kiul-Jamalpur rail section and asked him to stop rail services on the line.
The rail service on the line was restored after 4 am this morning, he said and added that naxalites released the cabin man. Naxalites are observing a week-long “shahadat saptah” that would come to an end today, official sources said. ASP Upadhyaya said that there was a clash between police and naxalites near Bhalui railway station on Kiul-Jhajha rail section.
A team of CRPF, STF, district police and Cobra battlion made a retaliatory firing in which naxalites managed to escape, Upadhyaya said and added that no casualty or injuries had been reported in the incident. Police are carrying out combing-cum-search operation to nab the naxalites, he added.