Blast triggered by Maoists at Daikallu Station in Rayagada

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Rayagada: Trains passing through Daikallu Railway Station in Rayagada district have come to a halt due to an explosion by Maoists yesterday night in the station. Many trains have stalled near Muniguda Railway Station in the district.

As per the statement of the Station Master of Daikallu Station, 15-20 Maoists arrived there at around 1:30 am and first ransacked the office, than they pulled him out of the office. Following it they caused an explosion in the office and snatched away the walkie-talkie used by the Station Master.

Along with this a goods train was also halted by the Maoists and they blasted its engine, said the Station Master.

Later, the Maoists released the Station Master, but did not return the walkie-talkie to him as a result of which train services were affected.

Posters of CPI(Maoists) were found at the railway station that protested on 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 appointment of non-Odia administrative officers. The non-Odia officers are exploiting and suppressing the people of Odisha, read the posters.

Meanwhile, DGP KB Singh said, “Such an incident has been caused for the first time in Odisha, we are taking it seriously. Superintendent of Police, Special Operations Group (SOG) and CRPF have reached at the spot.” A joint combing operation to nab the Maoists have been initiated.

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