The Maoist spokesperson reportedly told BBC that they were not intending on causing anyone harm but just wanted to make a symbolic gesture. They further added that the hijack was a retort to the recent incident wherein five villagers were killed by troops.
The rebels have also asked the people to boycott the Lok Sabha Polls. The second phase of polling is scheduled to happen tomorrow in Jharkhand.
The rebels hijacked a passenger train on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 8:30 AM when it was was passing by Jharkhand. They made it halt in a remote town for three hours during which they released the hostages too. They withdrew the siege even before the police or any other security forces could take things into their hands.