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Maoists blow up bridge, attack police station in Bihar

April 01, 2007 00:52 IST

A group of 500 armed Maoist rebels on Saturday blew up a road bridge, attacked a police station and a block office and made an abortive attempt to loot a bank, injuring two persons, at Riga in Bihar's Sitamarhi district.

The Maoists stormed the Central Bank of India branch at Riga and injured its manager and a Home guard while attempting to loot cash from the chest, which they failed to break open, police sources said.

Superintendent of Police M R R Nair told PTI that around 500 heavily armed CPI (Maoist) activists used dynamite to blow up a bridge snapping road communication between Riga and Dheng.

They later laid a virtual siege of the Riga police station and exploded several bombs and exchanged fire with the Bihar Military Police and Special Auxilliary Police personnel deployed there for over 45 minutes.

The security men, however, forced the Naxalites to retreat after the arrival of reinforcements from the district headquarters.

All the entry and exit points of the district were sealed and raids were being made at different places to apprehend the Naxalites, the SP said.

Meanwhile, the authorities tonight sealed the Indo-Nepal border in Sitamarhi district and SSB jawans were conducting combing operations.

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