Maoist bandh hits train services in Bihar
The bandh was condemn police action against them
A 12-hour bandh called by Maoists on Friday halted trains for several hours in Bihar, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. The Maoists called the protest in Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to condemn police action against them. On Friday night, a group of armed Maoists broke into the cabin of the Bhaluhi halt in the Naxal-affected Jamui district and asked cabin man Dinesh Arya to stop trains in the Danapaur-Howrah section, said Arvind Rajak, chief public relations officer of East Central Railway. Two dozen trains on the route were stopped for eight hours, he said. Among the long distance trains that were stranded were Howrah-Amritsar mail, Howrah-Danapur express and Farakka express, while Vibhuti Express and Howrah-New Delhi Poorva express had to be re-routed from Asansol to reach Mugalsarai via Gaya, said the ECR official.
“We had a harrowing time. We were stranded for over eight hours at one place amid the lurking fear of naxal-attack on the train”, said Pankaj Kumar, a passenger of the train halted in Jamui. Traffic was restored on Saturday morning after CRPF personnel inspected the track and a goods train was run to make sure that the track was safe,” Mr. Rajak said. On Saturday morning, the Maoists blew up a mobile tower at Mananpur in Lakhisarai district. They also attacked Rani Bazar in Nawada district and beat up several villagers.
Maoist Link: 17 ‘Porattam’ Members under Scanner
KOCHI:Close on the heels of the arrest of two persons for alleged Maoist links, the City Police on Saturday prepared a name list of 17 persons who are active members of the Left extremist group ‘Porattam’ for verifying their possible connections with Maoists. The Porattam group the other day had condemned the ‘repeated harassment’ by police who searched their houses allegedly without warrants, in connection with the recent attack on the office of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). According to police officials, the list was prepared for verifying the antecedents of the suspects, so that any links with the Maoists could be verified. “We have already received information about their support to the Maoist activities.
They have distributed pamphlets, and shared Maoist ideals through the social media. “The details were collected after checking their mobile phones,” said a police official, on condition of anonymity. Thrikkakara ACP Bijo Alexander, who is leading the special investigation team, said that the investigation was on the right track. “We have conducted raids in a number of houses and institutions, based on tip-off. The arrested persons, Jayson C Cooper and Nirmal Saradhi, have been taken into police custody until February 6 for further interrogation.
In the meantime, interrogation of the suspects, who are active members of some Left wing groups, and raids are progressing,” he said. Meanwhile, M N Ravunni, chairman of Porattam, told ‘Express’ that the raids by the police were uncalled for. “It is totally unacceptable. ‘Porattam’ is an organisation launched in 1996 with the aim of protecting people’s rights. The government knows it very well. Hampering the human right activities in the name of Maoist links is unfortunate,” he added.