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Bihar: Naxals attack train; 2 RPF jawans killed

April 08, 2007 15:31 IST

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Two Railway Protection Force personnel were killed and three injured in a Maoist attack on a train in Bihar's extremist-infested Jamui district on Sunday.      

Nearly 40 suspected members of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist, who boarded the Howrah-Gaya passenger train at Ghorpara railway station in Jamui district posing as passengers, whipped out pistols and opened fire at the RPF escort, killing two constables and injuring three personnel, including a sub-inspector, near Narganjo railway station.

No passenger was harmed, railway and police officials said.

While getting off the train after bringing it to a halt by pulling the alarm chain, the Maoists took away two carbines, a SLR and two pistols rpt two carbines, a SLR and two pistols from the slain and injured RPF personnel, railway officials said.

The Ghorpara station where they boarded the train is located close to the Jharkhand border. About a year ago, Maoist rebels blasted the building of Narganjo railway station.

Sunday's attack came a couple of days after a Naxalite strike on a Central Industrial Security Force picket in Bokaro district of Jharkhand, in which two personnel of the paramilitary force and four other persons were killed.

Eastern Railway's chief public relations officer S Majumdar told PTI by phone from Kolkata that the injured RPF personnel were admitted to Sadar hospital at Jhajha and the condition of two of them was described as serious.

A 100-strong RPF contingent was rushed from Asansol in West Bengal to the place of the attack to assist Bihar Police in combing operations launched in the area with the help of Central paramilitary forces.

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