Ranchi | March 14, 2006 3:38:11 AM IST
The suspected naxals today captured a passenger train for defying their bandh call, sources said.The BDM passenger train running between Mughalsarai and Barwadi was held between Hehegada and Kumandih stations of Dhanbad Eastern Central Railway division, they said.Talking to UNI tonight, Dhanbad division railway spokesperson Amrendra Das said that the trains were running peacefully during the day but in the evening the naxals captured the passenger train which left Mughalsarai at around 1900 hrs and was on its way to Hehegada from Kumandih.
He said the driver and the guard could not be contacted as the naxals must have snatched their walky-talky and other communication equipments.There was no news of any train accident on the route and it was difficult to reach there during the night as there was no road, he added.Mr Das said driver of a goods tarin coming from the opposite direction tried to find out the reason but the naxals did not allow him to do so.The driver of the goods train told that he could not see anything as the lights were off in the passenger train.
Meanwhile, the railway spokesperson said traffic on the route had been stopped and the real situation would only be known tomorrow morning.The railways have also asked for help from district administration
Naxalites strike Jharkhand, capture passenger train
Armed Naxalites on late Monday night took over a passenger train carrying more than 100 passengers near a dense forest in Jharkhand. The driver was beaten up, but all passengers are reported to be safe, General Railway Police spokesman SR Gandhi said.
The Naxalites stopped the train going from Barkakhana in Jharkhand to Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh train close to a thick jungle between Heyagarha and Kumudi stations in protest against the killing of one of their comrades in police encounter in Palamau district on March 3, Inspector General of Police GC Verma said.
The incident took place in the midst of a bandh called by the Naxalites in Palamau division, which covers Latehar district, to protest the killing of Jagannath Koiry at a village in Palamau district, he said.
Gandhi said quoting train staff of two goods trains, which went past the held-up passenger train, that all the passengers were safe.
"There is no attack on the passengers. They (goods train staff) did not see any attack on passengers," he said. Superintendent of Police of Latehar Subodh Prasad, along with a posse of policemen, was headed to the incident site about 100km from Ranchi.
CRPF commandant of the area PK Sharma said that he was ready with his forces to go to the site but was waiting for the local police to guide them through the forest area.
Immediately after capturing the train, they roughed up the driver and cut off the communication system by snatching the walkie-talkie of the guard, police sources said.