First Maoist bandh after night train services resume

Jamshedpur, Jan 18 (PTI) Security arrangement has been beefed up in view of the 24-hour bandh in Ghatsila sub-division called by CPI (Maoists) from midnight tonight, the first bandh after night train services resumed in the Tata-Kharagpur-Rourkela section of South Eastern Railway. The police said security arrangements were intensified and a massive search operation was launched in view of the bandh, called in protest against the killing of a Maoist ultra rebel Gulach Munda on January 15, a few hours after his arrest. Railway sources said no train was rescheduled nor diverted in view of the bandh though adequate measures were taken to protect railway property during the bandh. The bandh will be the first after resumption of night train services in Tata-Kharagpur-Rourkela section which remained suspended for over one-and-half-years since the Jnaneshwari Express incident near Jhargram, West Bengal on May 28 2010. The services resumed on January 12. An injured Gulach Munda died in a hospital a few hours after his arrest from an area under Gurabandha police station on January 15. He was an accused in the abduction of a block development officer in 2010 besides 15 other offences. Munda sustained injuries while he was trying to flee during his arrest, the police said.

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