Published On: Fri, Mar 31st, 2017

Maoists trigger blast at Odisha station protesting PM’s visit

Bhubaneswar: About 20 Maoists attacked a railway station in Odisha’s Rayagada district protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on April 15, police said.

Some posters against the upcoming Modi visit were also found

At least 15-20 armed Maoist militants arrived at the Daikallu Station at around 1.30 am. They first ransacked the office, said station master SK Parida in a statement.

The Maoists then pulled the station staffs out of the office. Soon they triggered an explosion in the office and snatched away the walkie-talkie used by the Station Master, the statement of the East Coast Railway further said.

The militants left the station after 2 am. The station staffs are safe, it added.

Many trains were stalled near Muniguda Railway Station following the explosion at Daikallu.

A team of East Coast Railway reached the spot and are investigating into the matter.

Some posters against the upcoming Modi visit were also found.

The Bharatiya Janata Party will hold a two-day national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar from April 15.

Several senior leaders of the party, including National President Amit Shah, LK Advani and BJP Chief Ministers including Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will be attending the meeting.

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