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Indian Maoists Make Advances

Posted by n3wday on July 18, 2008

These articles were provided via the mailing list Maoist Revolution.

India: Peoples War News (Police station / government building target

Patna, July 11th Maoist guerrillas blew up railway tracks and a government office after attacking a police station in Bihar’s Jamui district early Friday. A group of armed rebels first attacked the Lakshmipur police station and then blasted the block office of Jamui district, about 200 km from here.

Later they blew up railway tracks at two places. The tracks were blown up between Narganjo and Ghorparan stations in Jamui district and near Ghoghi-Bariarpur village on the Jamalpur-Kiul section in Munger district. This disrupted movement of trains on the Patna-Howrah route, a railway official said.

An exchange of fire between policemen and the Maoists followed.

“Maoist guerrillas opened fire on policemen to create panic and bombed the block office,” reports said.

The Maoists have given a call for a shutdown in five east Bihar districts – Jamui, Munger, Bhagalpur, Lakhisarai and Banka – to protest the arrest and alleged custodial torture of a self-styled `area commander’ Kamlesh alias Deepak July 6.

A few days ago, Maoist rebels bombed the Chitriya block office near Motihari, district headquarters of East Champaran.

Iron ore ‘transportation’ hit after Maoists derail train Wednesday

Iron ore transportation from Chhattisgarh’ s Dantewada district’s excavation sites was stopped Wednesday as railway authorities failed to repair rail tracks uprooted by Maoist guerrillas, which had led to derailing of 11 wagons of an ore-loaded goods train a day earlier.

Maoist insurgents, who enjoy dominance in the state’s southern Dantewada district, uprooted about seven metres of rail track Tuesday. Eleven wagons of an iron ore loaded goods train derailed while on way to the port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

The derailment took place between Dantewada and Kamaloor railway stations.

Police officials said railway officials reached the accident site Wednesday morning to repair the tracks. It is expected to take at least 24-48 hours to restore normal traffic.

The National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd (NMDC) has three major mining facilities at Dantewada’s Bailadilla hills. It excavates about 20 million tonnes of iron ore annually to supply several major domestic steel makers besides exporting to Japan via Visakhapatnam.

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