Odisha: Maoists attack railway station to protest PM’s upcoming visit

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Suspected Maoists attacked Doikallu railway station in Rayagada district at around 12.15 am on March 31. The Maoists triggered a blast and put up posters against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Odisha.

Station master SK Parida and a porter Gobind Hikaka were detained by them for a brief period. They absconded after snatching the walkie-talkies of the station staff.

According to reports, there were around 15-20 Maoists. “While one group was in the station master’s office, another group went to the goods train standing outside the station. They forced the staff to shut down the engine,” Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway zone, JP Mohapatra said.

The blast caused some damage to a goods train engine but no people were hurt in the incident. Some trains are stranded at the Muniguda Railway Station, the services will be resumed after ascertaining complete security and safety.

The posters also protested the appointment of non-Odia senior police officers.

“We Protest against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Odisha in the coming month. He is a rioter, broker and we protest Narendra Modi’s Odisha tour, we Protest BJP national convention in Odisha,” read one of the posters.

A combing operation has been launched in the area by CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel, said Director General of Police KB Singh.

According to Railway officials, after security checks, movement of goods trains with restricted speed had been resumed.