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Maoists blast power station in Bihar

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Part of power sub-station in Naxal-dominated Jamui district

An injured CRPF personnel being taken to a hospital at Patna airport on Monday after a bomb went off at Naxal-affected Gaya district.
An injured CRPF personnel being taken to a hospital at Patna airport on Monday after a bomb went off at Naxal-affected Gaya district.

As the 48-hour-bandh, which was called by the Maoists to protest against the killing of their 10 cadres in Jharkhand recently, drew to a close on Sunday night, Maoists wreaked havoc in various parts of Bihar. About a hundred Maoists blew up part of a power sub-station in Naxal-dominated Jamui district, affecting power supply in the area. “One room of the power station was blasted. The incident took place in the jurisdiction of the Khaira police station. A case under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act has been registered,” Jamui SP Deepak Barnwal told The Hindu .

Maoists also struck an Airtel mobile tower in Aurangabad district late on Sunday. Between 11 p.m. and 12 midnight, they set fire to the tower in the Kutumba police station area. Police operation along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is still going on, Aurangabad SP Daljeet Singh told The Hindu .

In Muzaffarpur district, about 25-30 Maoists attacked the premises of Saaj Infracon, a Patna-based company, and briefly took around 10-15 labourers hostage to make good their escape. The incident took place in the Sahebganj police station area between 12.30 and 1.30 a.m. “They first set two JCBs [excavating machines] and two tractors on fire. They then took the workers, who were sleeping there, including the JCB and tractor drivers, to about one km, fearing police retaliation. A case under Section 17 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act and several other sections of the Indian Penal Code for rioting, unlawful assembly, criminal intimidation, causing mischief with fire has been registered, the Sahebganj police said.

In Gaya, four CRPF personnel were killed while defusing a bomb that went off during the procedure.

“About 300 km from a police camp in Sewra, CRPF CoBRA [Combat Battalions for Resolute Action] teams discovered some bombs embedded in the road. They had almost defused one, but it accidentally went off. Four CRPF jawans were injured and one civilian also sustained some pellet injuries. The jawans were brought to the Patna Medical College Hospital. Our search operations along with the CRPF are on,” Gaya DIG Nayyar Hasnain Khan told The Hindu .


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