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Maoists blast six cell towers, torch part of railway station

Shoumojit Banerjee

In protest against the arrest of one of their top leaders

— Photo: Special Arrangement

Bearing the brunt:A generator and other equipment of a mobile tower that were damaged in a blast triggered by Maoists at Imamganj in Gaya district of Bihar in the early hours of Thursday.

Nadaul/Patna: Communist Party of India (Maoist) activists struck in three districts of Bihar in the early hours of Thursday, torching a portion of a railway station and blowing up six mobile phone towers during a 24-hour lockdown called by them to protest the arrest of one of their top leaders.

Maoists have called for the shutdown in Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, protesting against the arrest of politburo member Jagdish Yadav alias Jagdish Master, who was nabbed in the Bihar's Gaya district on Monday.

Yadav was wanted in more than 25 cases in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

A contingent of 40 armed rebels attacked the Nadaul railway station in Jehanabad district on the Patna-Gaya route, disrupting rail traffic during these hours.

Station master taken hostage

The Naxals took hostage the station master for a few hours, ransacked the station, and set afire the booking counter and the panel room, damaging the documents stored in there.

The ultras wreaked havoc in Gaya district, blowing up six mobile towers in three blocks.

A group of 70 rebels blasted four towers in Imamganj, one in Banke Bazaar and one in the Dobhi block, Gaya City Superintendent of Police Ratna Mani Sanjeev told The Hindu.

Police sources said Naxals also attacked the Kothi police station in Gaya, besides destroying another tower in Aurangabad district.

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