Maoists blast railway station in Andhra Pradesh

March 26th, 2008 - 12:41 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, March 26 (IANS) Maoist insurgents have blasted a railway station on the border of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, the police said Wednesday. No casualties have been reported. A group of six to seven leftist guerrillas Tuesday night “came to Gumuda railway station in the district of Vijaynagaram in Andhra Pradesh and triggered the land mine blast at the control panel cabin,” Andhra Pradesh police official Vikram Singh Mann told IANS over phone.

The railway station is about 25 kilometres from Orissa’s Rayagada district.

The Maoists also set ablaze whatever remained after the blast, Mann said.

The communication system was disrupted halting the railway traffic for several hours. However, the system was restored Wednesday morning.

Maoists have declared some places along the Orissa-Andhra Pradesh border “a liberated zone” and have been attacking policemen and landlords.

The attack comes barely a week after Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa decided to form a joint team to tackle the Maoist insurgency.

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