PM’s Odisha visit: Maoists attack Doikalu railway station

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PM’s Odisha visit: Maoists attack Doikalu railway station

Protesting against the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Odisha, Maoists resorted to mayhem at Doikalu railway station in Rayagada district of Odisha at around midnight on Thursday.Armed naxalites resorted to a blast inside the station and also damaged engine of a goods train. Several trains were detained due to this violence. Maoists left behind handwritten posters at Doikalu station. The posters opposed the policies of Modi government and Naveen Patnaik government. Through a poster they also protested against visit of the PM to Odisha on April 15 and 16 to attend BJP’s national executive meeting.

According to station master, S.K. Parida, about 15 to 20 armed Maoists had entered the station at around 12.15 a.m. They pushed out the railway officials and bombed. Another group of Maoists had stopped a goods train that arrived at the station. It is suspected that they tried to blast the engine of the goods train. The attackers escaped from the spot at around 2 a.m.Receiving information about the incident Rayagada Superintendent of Police (SP) K. Siva Subramani rushed to the spot to monitor investigation and sanitisation of the area for resumption of train services.

Railway authorities informed that train movement had not been restored in this route yet. Train services on the track passing via Doikalu will resume after security and safety aspects are completely ascertained.12843 Puri-Ahmedabad express is detained at Rayagada station, 22838 Ernakula-Hatia express is stoped at Bobbili station, 58530 Visakhapatnam-Durg passenger is at Jimidipeta, 58302 Koraput-Sambalpur passenger is stopped enroute, 58528 Visakhapatnam-Raipur express is detained at Gajapatinagaram, 18437 Bhubaneswar-Junagarh express is stopped at Rayagada statin and 17482 Tirupati-Bilaspur Express has also stopped en-route.