Bhubhaneswar: More than 30 naxals attacked Doikallu Railway Station in Rayagada district in early morning hours on Friday and caused two explosions.
They also left posters protesting PM Modi’s upcoming visit to Odisha and fled with walkie talkie sets. The posters also read that they were protesting against the appointment of non-Odia senior police officers and other security officers.
They reportedly abducted a couple of railway officials before they were allowed to go. No railway officials were injured in the incident.
Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway zone, JP Mohapatra said around 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.
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,” said Mohapatra.
Mohapatra said all train movements in that section has been stopped. “Control room has been able to speak to them. District SP, Dy SP and other security officials have reached the station. Train movement will start only after ascertaining the security and safety aspects,” he said. Many trains have been stopped at Muniguda railway station of the district.