A group of 60 Maoists on Saturday bombed a railway station and abducted two railway officials,including the station master of another railway station,in the tribal-dominated Sundargarh district.
Train services on the Tatanagar-Rourkela route,under Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway,came to a grinding halt after Maoists blew up Bhalulata station near Rourkela.
The Maoists,several of them women,used landmines and powerful explosives. The station building was virtually razed to the ground. The station master,a gateman and a porter fled the scene.
No one was injured in the explosion,said Inspector General of Police (Western Range),Pranabindu Acharya. Train services on the Howrah-Mumbai route were also badly hit due to the attacks.
Another railway station at Chandiposh,about 30 km from Rourkela,was attacked by another group of Maoists. Soon after,station master S K Singh and his assistant Samir Mukherjee were found missing. The police said the two might have been abducted by the rebels.
While at least 10 long-distance trains were halted at various stations,several other passenger and short-distance trains were cancelled,a senior Railway official said.