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Launching multiple attacks on Tuesday night and early Wednesday, Maoists ambushed a police bus, blew up railway tracks, a building and a bridge, causing disruptions in rail service in Dhanbad district as the 24-hour Jharkhand bandh called by the banned CPI (Maoist) got underway in the state. The bandh, which began at midnight on Tuesday, is in protest against the reported arrest of Maoist cadres in neighbouring Odisha and the conviction of five Maoist guerrillas by a court in Uttar Pradesh. According to the police, the attacks were to push the government to stop an anti-Maoist campaign -- Operation Greenhunt. "One policeman was killed and 15 others were injured when the Maoists opened fire on a patrolling party at Topchanchi near Grand Trunk road in Dhanbad district, about 200 km from Ranchi,"... Read more...
divisional commander of the Railway Protection Force Shashi Kumar said. The injured were admitted to a hospital in Dhanbad. "All the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where two were referred to the Apollo Hospital in Ranchi as the condition of both are said to be critical," a police officer said. In another attack around 4.30 am on Wednesday, the Maoists blew up the building of Hehegarha railway station in Latehar district, over 110 km from Ranchi. Ttracks were also blown up and an engine was set on fire by the Maoists. "Railway tracks were blown up early Wednesday between Taitulmuri and Nisitpur railway stations falling under the Dhanbad railway division, affecting regular services of over a dozen trains," a railway official said. Meanwhile, in a breakthrough, police recovered over 13,000 detonators and one tonne of explosives in Ranchi. Seven Maoists were also arrested during the haul. Deputy superintendent of police Naussad Alam said, "The arrested persons were preparing to hand over the explosives to Kundan Pahan, the most wanted Maoist."