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Naxals call for Jamui shutdown, blocked train services on Howrah-Patna route

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 21, 2007

Jamui ( Bihar) Apr 21: Naxals have called for a 24 hour shutdown in Jamui District today to protest against the death of their comrade Balgovind Yadav in the District jail recently. They also disrupted the trains on the Howrah- Patna route going via Jamui to enforce the shutdown.

Around 200 Naxals seized the Narganjo halt railway station here around one a.m. and held the cabin master and porters captive, railway sources said.

The Naxalites reportedly planted landmines on the railway track leading to suspension of all train services on this route.

A group of railway police, Bihar police and special force were rushed to the spot following which the Naxals retreated without causing any damage to the captives or the station.

The tracks were cleared for the train traffic around 8.15 a.m. in the morning, sources said.

The impact of the shutdown could be seen more in the rural areas where the roads remained deserted with almost no vehicular movement.

However, so far no incidence of Naxalite violence has been reported from the district.

Daily India


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