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Maoists strike again in Bihar
Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, April 8
After storming Bokaro in Jharkhand on Friday killing six persons, armed Maoist rebels today organised simultaneous attacks at two places in Bihar killing two security personnel and injuring three others.

Two railway protection force (RPF) jawans were killed and three others wounded in a daring strike by ultras on the Howrah-Mokama passenger train in Jamui district of Bihar this morning.

And even before the Bihar government could tackle the Maoist assault on train, the extremists attacked a contingent of the CRPF in Gaya district this afternoon.

Both Jamui and Gaya are among the 23 Naxal affected districts of Bihar of the total 38.

SP of Jamui Amarendra Kumar Amar said at 8.00 am today over 50 Maoists boarded the train near the Ghorparan railway station on Jhajha-Jasidih section in a dramatic way. They threw chilly powder in the eyes of the RPF personnel and seized their arms and shot them.

While no passengers was harmed by the ultras, the injured security personnel were admitted in a nearby hospital in Jhaja.

The Maoists looted five arms from the the security personnel. A massive manhunt has been launched to nab the extremists.

After this, in a separate incident the Naxalites attacked the CRPF contingent near Hassanpur village under the Aati police station area of Gaya district around 3 pm when it was returning after conducting a routine raid in villages falling under the Konch police station to flush out the extremists.

CRPF assistant commandant S.K. Savita said the Maoists escaped after the encounter that lasted for half an hour in which no one was injured.

One self loading rifle (SLR), three rifles looted from the police, two country made guns, live wire used for detonating land mine blasts, 200 live cartridges of different bores, Naxalite literature and police uniform used by the commandos were recovered from the encounter site.

Today’s simultaneous attacks by the Maoists was third in a row in less than 10 days after they had stormed the Riga police station in Sitamari near Nepal border in north Bihar on March 31 night. At that time the Special Auxiliary Force (SAP) jawans comprising ex-Army men formed by the Bihar government foiled the attempt by ultras to loot a nationalised bank there. Meanwhile, Chief minister Nitish Kumar asked senior police officers to rush to the spot and seal the nearby border with Jharkhand.



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