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Naxalites disrupt rail services on two lines in Bihar

The movement of trains were disrupted in Jamui district of Bihar when a group of Naxalites late on Wednesday night held a guard as captive in the Shaheed Jitendra halt and only freed him after the railway operations were stopped.

By: PTI | Lakhisarai | Updated: August 3, 2017 4:55:09 pm
naxals halt train, naxals stop train in bihar, naxalites, jamui, bihar, indian express news The naxals threatened the gateman that the railway authorities will have to bear losses if all the railway operations weren’t stopped. (Representational image)

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.

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