Three Government Railway Police (GRP) jawans were killed and two injured in a Naxal attack on a Patna-bound train in Munger district Saturday evening. The assailants also looted five weapons.
The incident took place between Bariyarpur and Jamalpur railway stations at 6.30 pm when more than two dozen armed ultras stopped the Sahebganj-Danapur Intercity Express and targeted five GRP jawans who were escorting the train.
The train was halted by the Naxals for over an hour and left for Jamalpur station around 8 pm. The incident took place near a known hideout of the Naxals, barely 20 km from Kajra, where ultras had killed seven policemen in an encounter two years ago.
Additional Director General of Police (railways) PN Rai told The Indian Express: “We can confirm the death of three policemen. One AK-47, two INSAS rifles and one more sophisticated weapon were looted. It seems the ultras intended to loot rifles. No passenger was hurt.”
Rai said the police were trying to get more details. “Our first priority was to get medical treatment for the two injured policemen,” he said.
While the local Railway division has been placed on alert, Railway Ministry officials said the attack took place at an area where maximum security is already provided on trains.
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