Special Correspondent

Five railway employees abducted from Topadihi station

They also looted about seven rifles from a private security camp

Maoists had given the bandh call to register their protest against the recent arrest of 30 persons

BHUBANESWAR: Armed Maoists went on the rampage in Sundargarh district of the State in the wee hours of Thursday and triggered a series of explosions damaging railway tracks and government buildings.

The Maoists, who had given a bandh call in the district, also suspected to have abducted five railway employees from Topadihi station. However, there was no official confirmation about the abduction till evening.

The Maoists struck in different groups and blew up the Rourkela-Barsuan railway line at as many as eight places between Bimlagarh and Patsai bringing rail traffic to a halt.

The Left wing extremists also triggered blasts and damaged the buildings of Kalta police outpost, Koida police station and two abandoned CRPF camps in the district.

They also looted about seven rifles from a private security camp located near a mine in Kalta area.

The Maoists had given the bandh call to register their protest the recent arrest of 30 persons from two villages in Chandiposh area of Sundargarh.

The 30 villagers were arrested by Sundargarh police on August 29. The district police had branded them as Maoists.

The arrest of the 30 tribals had earlier triggered protest from residents of several villages in Chandiopsh area. The agitating villagers had started a roadblock agitation since Tuesday demanding immediate release of their men. Those who had been arrested were innocent and had no involvement in any naxalite activities, the villagers said.

Meanwhile, the villagers ended their agitation on Thursday afternoon after senior officials from the district administration held negotiations with them.

The villagers, however, announced that they would again resort to agitation if the arrested people were not released within next 10 days.