Kishenji Death: Police beefs up security at railway stations

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New Deli, Nov 30: The Government Railway Police (GRP) have intensified patrolling at railway tracks across the country anticipating a revenge attack by Maoists in the wake of top Maoist leader Malojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji's killing.

Earlier, Maoist ideologue P. Varavara Rao had said that Kishenji was killed in a 'staged encounter' and held West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee responsible for the death. However, the security personnel said that they had asked him to surrender during their battle, but he refused and fired on them.

The number 3 man in the Maoist hierarchy, Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji was killed in an encounter by the joint forces operating in Borishol forest in West Midnapore district of West Bengal bordering Jharkhand on Nov 24. However, search for another top leader, Suchitra Mahato is still on. The search operation was launched on Nov 23 following an intelligence report that Kishenji and others were hiding in Purulia district of West Bengal.

According to Ashok Singh, Inspector, Railway Police, Gaya, "This is a routine checking going on. We keep doing such checking of trains and railway stations to avoid any untoward incident by anti-social elements. Mostly Rajdhani Express is checked, so that passengers do not face any problems during the journey."

Meanwhile, the Railway Police Force said that these are routine checks and the objective was to ensure the security of passengers.

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