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Railway station, engine damaged in Chhattisgarh Naxalite blast

Written by: Staff

Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, Mar 5 (UNI) CPI(Maoist) triggered two blasts early today, damaging a railway station and a diesel engine at Bansi, about 85 km from here, in South Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Senior police officials, who visited the spot, told UNI that a portion of the railway station and the engine were damaged in the blasts that took place at around 0230 hrs.

No casualties have been reported in the incident so far. The Naxalites, who had taken five people with them into the forests, later released them.

Railway authorities have decided to cancel Jagdalpur- Vishakhapatanam passenger train service in view of the attack.

The Maoists also left few pamphlets at the blast site, threatening to intensify violence in the region if the ongoing anti-naxalite campaign 'Salwa Judum' (peace movement), was not stopped immediately.

The Naxalites have stepped up violence in south Bastar region in the last few months, particularly after local tribals launched a campaign against them about seven months ago.

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