Railways cancelled some trains in Bihar and Orissa and normal life was disrupted in some parts as a two-day bandh called by the Maoists to protest security operations against them began on Tuesday today in 5 states. The bandh has been called in Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.

Railway sources said in Dhanbad that up and down Patna—Barkakhana passenger and Garhwa—Singhreli trains were cancelled in view of the bandh.

Shaktipunj Express, Ranchi—Varanasi Express, Rajabera— Gomo Express, Tata—Jammu Tavi Express and Howrah—Jabalpur have been diverted via Mughalsarai, they said.

Long distance buses were also off the roads in Maoist affected areas, the police said, adding security forces have been deployed at strategic places.

A passenger train between Biramitrapur and Barasuan in Orissa was also cancelled as a precautionary measure, a Bhubaneswar report said.

Road traffic was affected in various areas of Malkangiri and Koraput districts bordering Chhattisgarh.

In Latehar district, armed ultras set ablaze a tractor at Paradih village.

In two Maoist hit districts of West Midnapore and Purulia in West Bengal, the bandh was nearly total with no private vehicle on the road and all shops, schools and offices closed in the forested areas collectively known as Jungle Mahal, reports from the districts said.

Keywords: Maoist bandh