Naxals kidnap 19 rly staff,free them later

In a daylight operation,suspected Naxalites abducted 19 railway employees,including a station master in Bihar’s Jamui district,but later released all of them

Written by Express News Service | Jamui,kolkata | Published: June 21, 2012 3:36:44 am

In a daylight operation,suspected Naxalites on Wednesday abducted 19 railway employees,including a station master in Bihar’s Jamui district,but later released all of them.

The armed Naxalites,numbering about 20,took the railway employees hostage when they were repairing railway tracks 3 km from Ghorparan station located between Jasidih and Simultala stations on Jhajha-Jasidih section,Simultala station master R N P Yadav said.

The ultras took all the railway employees to a nearby forest where they released 16 of them,including section engineer Soren Manjhi and Permanent Way Inspector Bhuwaneshwar Manda,he said.

Three other railway employees,Ghorparan station master Vijay Kumar and porters Munna Kumar and Dukhan Mahto,were released later by the Maoists,an Eastern Railway release said in Kolkata.

Railway Minister Mukul Roy told PTI in Kolkata,“We have spoken to the Bihar Home Secretary and the Inspector General of RPF has talked to the Bihar DGP.”

He was also in touch with the Bihar government and the Union Home Ministry,he said.

Following the abduction,rail services were disrupted for several hours.

There has been no change in the schedule of trains,including night trains. An alert,however,has been sent to all stations.

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