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Maoists begin 48-hr bandh in 7 states; blast road bridge

By The Assam Tribune

KOLKATA/RANCHI, March 22 (PTI): Maoists triggered an explosion along a railway track in West Bengal and blew up a road bridge in Jharkhand as the 48-hour bandh called by them in seven States to protest anti-Naxal operations which commenced today.

The ultras triggered the blast alongside the railway track at Bhalukhunia between Midnapore and Godapia Sal stations in Bengal's West Midnapore district early today, officials said.

District Magistrate NS Nigam said train services were affected for three hours in the morning following the blast as checks were conducted on the track by railway officials.

In separate incidents, over 20 Maoists stormed Bagjhappa village in the district and set ablaze a CPI(M) office last night.

Two CPI(M) supporters were also beaten up by the group following which they were admitted to a hospital at Jhargram.

The houses of two party supporters were also set on fire in nearby Chakua village.

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Maoists begin 48-hr bandh in 7 states; blast road bridge

KOLKATA/RANCHI, March 22 (PTI): Maoists triggered an explosion along a railway track in West Bengal and blew up a road bridge in Jharkhand as the 48-hour bandh called by them in seven States to protest anti-Naxal operations which commenced today.

The ultras triggered the blast alongside the railway track at Bhalukhunia between Midnapore and Godapia Sal stations in Bengal's West Midnapore district early today, officials said.

District Magistrate NS Nigam said train services were affected for three hours in the morning following the blast as checks were conducted on the track by railway officials.

In separate incidents, over 20 Maoists stormed Bagjhappa village in the district and set ablaze a CPI(M) office last night.

Two CPI(M) supporters were also beaten up by the group following which they were admitted to a hospital at Jhargram.

The houses of two party supporters were also set on fire in nearby Chakua village.