Naxalites disrupt rail services in Bihar

3 Aug 2017

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 today.
The railway services, which were 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 Naxalites, 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 Wednesday midnight and 7 am today, 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, he said and added that Naxalites released the cabin man. The rebels 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 battalion 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.