Maoist bandh peaceful except explosion on railway tracks in Giridih

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Ranchi, Apr 16 (UNI) Life in Jharkhand remained almost unaffected today, except for an explosion on the railway tracks in Giridih district, as the 24-hour CPI(Maoist)-sponsored bandh began midnight last night in five eastern states of India.

The bandh was simultaneously called in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chattisgarh to protest the killing of their cadres in police encounter in Garwah district on April 1.

Suspected Maoist ultras set off bombs, damaging about 300-m of railway track between Choudharibandh and Chengdro stations in Giridih district early today, officials said, adding that work was going on full swing to restore communications.

Reports from most of the naxal-dominated districts said that life remained normal in these areas. Meanwhile, in the state capital, the bandh evoked hardly any response.

On April 1, altogether eight people, including a girl were gunned down by a team of Central Reserve Police Force and police in Bundu area of Garwah.

Police here said elaborate security arrangement have been made to avert any untoward incident and special care for the safety of railway properties has also been ensured.

Meanwhile, Suprintendent of Dhanbad Railway Police Shashinath Jha said that his officials were maintaining extreme caution as Dhanbad shares its border with Jamui in Bihar, which is also affected by these insurgents.

Besides, loading and unloading of minerals had also been disrupted due to the ultra's bandh.

UNI Team PRS-AM LL/src1259

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