Maoists blow up railway track, goods train derails

June 20th, 2008 - 2:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, June 20 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas blew up a railway track that led to a goods train being derailed in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, the police said Friday. According to the police, the Maoist guerrillas blew up the railway track early Friday morning near the Pokla forest of Gumla district, around 140 km from state capital Ranchi. Five coaches of the goods train derailed due to the damage caused to the railway track.

The People Liberation Front of India (PLFI) has called for a strike in Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Orissa against hike in prices of essential commodities. While enforcing the strike, the suspected Maoist guerrillas blew up the railway track, the police said.

Train services on the track will be resumed by Friday evening, a Railway official said.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. In the past seven years over 1,200 people including civilians and rebels have been killed.

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