Naxals attack Odisha’s Doikallu railway station protesting PM Modi’s visit on April 15

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Odisha, March 31, 2017: More than 30 suspected Naxals attacked Doikallu railway station in Rayagada district of Odisha in early morning hours protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on April 15.

As per the reports, the assailants have carried out two explosions and snatched two walkie-talkies used by the railway staff. However, no railway staff or local people were injured.

The Bharatiya Janata Party will hold its two-day national executive meeting in the Odisha capital from April 15, to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party national president Amit Shah, senior leader L K Advani and others.

Earlier while announcing the 2-day meet, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said, “The Prime Minister will come to Odisha to thank the people for their unprecedented support to the BJP in the recent panchayat polls.” Pradhan said the chief ministers of all the BJP ruled states will attend the meet.

Senior party leader MM Joshi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, EAM Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and other party leaders will also be present at the meeting.

JP Mohapatra, Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway zone said that “15-20 Maoists arrived at Doikallu railway station in Rayagada district at around 12.15 am and first ransacked the station master’s office. They then pulled out station master SK Parida and triggered an explosion in the office. They abducted Parida porter Gobind Hikaka for some time but later allowed them to go. However, they snatched away the walkie-talkie used by the Station Master.” 

He added that “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”.

Mohapatra said all train movements in that section has been stopped. “Control room has been able to speak to them. District SP, Deputy SP and other security personnel have reached the station. Train movement will start only after ascertaining the security and safety aspects,” he said.

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Meanwhile, posters of CPI (Maoists) were found at the railway station that protested on the appointment of non-Odia senior police officers. It also mentioned that there are non-Odia Jawans in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF). They even protested on an appointment of non-Odia administrative officers.

Wefornews Bureau

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