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Maoists blow up rail tracks
Tribune News Service

Patna, December 12
Even before the Nitish government could get its acts together to combat the Maoist guerrillas after their attack in Vaishali on Monday, the armed extremists went on a rampage by blowing up railway tracks at two places in Lakhisarai district to protest against death sentence awarded to five of their comrades for killing three policemen in Banka district last week.

The police said the rebels blew up railway tracks near Bhalui halt station on Jhajha-Kiul section of east central railway around about 2 am, disrupting train services on Patna-Howrah main line.They also fired upon the locals, who rushed to the spot on hearing the explosion, but no one was injured.

Last week, a district court had awarded death sentence to five rebels in connection with January 2005 killing of three policemen in Banka. The Maoists subsequently had circulated pamphlets threatening to avenge the punishment meted out to their comrades.

The RPF and GRP personnel had already reached the spot and traffic was expected to resume soon. Nearly 15 trains, including Hatia-Gorakhpur Maurya Express, Howrah-Danapur Express and Amritsar-Howrah Punjab Mail, were halted at several places under Danapur and Asansol divisions.

In another incident today, the Maoist blew up the single line between Kajra and Urain stations on Kiul-Jamalpur section of eastern Railway at 3.45 am.

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