RPF jawan among 3 dead
sns & pti
PATNA/JAMUI, 13 JUNE: Over 150 armed Maoists today carried out a daring attack on a Patna-bound train, killing three people, including an RPF jawan, and injuring five others in Bihar’s Maoist-affected Jamui district before looting passengers and fleeing with weapons. This is the first day-time attack on a train by Maoists.
Police and railway officials said RPF jawan Sukhnath D Singh and a passenger were killed in the attack while Kumar Amit, a Patna-based Bihar police sub-inspector, was found dead in an AC coach when the Dhanbad-Patna Inter-City Express reached Keul at Lakhisarai, ECR Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) Amitabh Prabhakar and Lakhisarai DSP Vijay Prasad said.
Five people, identified as K P Singh (train guard), Manoj Kumar Singh (railway employee at Jamalpur), Dharmendra Sah (Lakhisarai), P K Tripathi (Patna) and Satish Kumar (Muzaffarpur) suffered injuries and were given treatment at Keul station, Mr Prabhakar said adding that Manoj Kumar Singh’s condition was stated to be serious.
The Maoists forcibly stopped the train near Kunder Halt between Jamui and Mananpur railway stations, about 170 km from Patna, at 1320 hours and fired indiscriminately for about half-an-hour on the train and its passengers, ADG, Law and Order, S K Bharadwaj told PTI. The Maoists also looted weapons from two RPF personnel and later let the train go towards its onward journey, he said. Two companies of CRPF have rushed to the spot to carry out a combing-cum-search operation against the Maoists who retreated into the forest after carrying out the attack on the train, Jamui district magistrate Shashikant Tiwari said.
The operations against the Maoists were being led by the DSP Md. Abdullah, he said, adding blood stains have been found on various spots which pointed to injuries or casualties among the retreating ultras.
The Maoists also detonated explosives to deter the security forces from chasing them, Mr Tiwari said. The DM said that prime facie it appeared that the Maoists attacked the train to loot passengers as also weapons from the RPF escort party.
The railway minister, Dr C P Joshi, has announced an enhanced ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those killed. He also sanctioned Rs 1 lakh to one passenger who was grievously injured and Rs 25,000 to each of the four persons (three passengers and train guard) who received simple injuries. The MoS, Mr Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, blamed the ‘failure’ of law and order in Bihar for the Maoist attack. The Bengal government sounded an alert following the Maoist attack in Bihar. Meanwhile, vice-president of Lloyd Metals Jaspal Singh Dhillon (60) and two others were killed by Maoists yesterday evening in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.
– Thursday&’s attack is the first day-time attack on a train by Maoists.
– An RPF jawan and a passenger were killed while an SI&’s body was found in an AC coach
– The Maoists forcibly stopped the train near Kunder Halt, about 170 km from Patna
– The Maoists detonated explosives to deter security forces from chasing them