Purulia, Oct 3: On the very same day that the bandh called by CPI (Maoists) began, suspected maoists blew up railway tracks at Poisaita in Jharkhand and Kantadih in Purulia district of West Bengal on Saturday, Oct 3.
According to the police, Maoists triggered the blast to blow up about 18-metre rail track. Even though noone was hurt in the blast, the Train services on Howrah-Mumbai route has been affected.
Railways officials said that many long-distance trains, including Howrah-Bilaspur-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, were detained at several stations due to the damage.
The Maoists called for the bandh protesting the arrest of the convener of Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) Chhatradhar Mahato.
Mahato was arrested in West Bengal's West Midnapore district on Sep 26.