Remain vigilant during Naxal bandh: Centre
New Delhi, Jul 6: Central government on Tuesday, Jul 6 suggested the Naxal-affected states to remain vigilant and take precautionary measures to foil any attempt of violence by the Maoists during their two-day bandh.
Home Ministry also asked Indian Railways to take all precautions to guard railway properties, tracks, public places, markets and other vital installations to avoid inauspicious incidents during the bandh called by CPI (Maoists) beginning on Wednesday, Jul 7.
Centre expressed its concern especially over the safety of Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express trains, rail tracks and passengers after almost 148 people lost their lives in the Jhargram train attack plotted by the Naxals.
Railways said that it will take the situation seriously and has kept 'crack teams' on standby. Pilot trains will run during the day time in the Naxal-hit areas on the days of bandh and all trains will run in bunches.
Maoists had vowed the vengeance over their leader's murder and reportedly asked people not to travel by train during the bandh period.
The Naxals called the bandh as a protest against the killing of their leader Cherukuri Rajkumar in Andhra Pradesh.