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Maoists: Rebels blow up police station building in Gumla

Ranchi: CPI (Maoist) rebels on Friday blew up under construction police station in Kurumgarh area under Chainpur block of Gumla marking end of the three-day bandh called by them in three states between November 23 midnight and November 25 midnight. The bandh was in protest against the arrest of CPI Maoist central committee member Prashant Bose alias Kishan Da, and his wife. They along with their four aides were arrested by Jharkhand police on November 12 in Seraikela.

Gumla SP Dr. Ehtesham Waquarib confirmed the incident stating that the blast occurred at 1am on Friday. “Yes, Maoists have triggered blast at the building police station building at 1 am on Friday. We have started the probe.”

According to information, a dozen labourers were sleeping in the building when about 80 naxals held them at gunpoint asking them to walk out of the building, and then put gelatin sticks to trigger blasts. Rebels also left a poster after the blast. “It’s a two storied building and first floor had been damaged through multiple blasts. The labourers were engaged in fitting of wall and floor tiles and civil works. No one has been hurt,” said a local thana official, adding that the Kurumgarh police station is currently being run from a government school building and was to be shifted into the new one in next few months.

Even on November 20’s daylong bandh, rebels triggered blasts on railway tracks in Latehar and West Singhbhum district affecting train services for several hours but no casualty was reported.

A view of poster pasted at the blast site by rebels. TNF picture