'Attack on Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express reflects Maoists frustration': MoS Home

New Delhi, June 13 (ANI): Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh on Thursday condemned the attack by the Naxals on the Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express in Bihar, saying this reflects the frustration of the ultras.

"It is the frustration of the Naxal people because the arms and ammunitions is something that sources have dried for that. But it is unfortunate that now they have started attacking innocent people, started attacking trains and they have even started attacking political rallies and destroying and killing people in very barbaric manner," Singh told mediapersons here.

Singh further informed that the driver has been shot and some other passengers have been injured.

"We have already rushed CRPF, BSF and RPF to the (place) where the incident has taken place. It is unfortunate that we have come to know that the driver has already been shot, some people have been injured; but we are waiting for more information," said Singh.

"But our first priority is to make sure that our forces reach there and all the people traveling on the train can be secured and safe," he added.

A group of over hundred Maoists attacked and opened fire on the Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express in Bihar earlier this afternoon. The Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express was attacked near Kundra halt around 1 p.m. just before Jamui railway station.

The Naxals targeted Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans, who were on board the train as a standard security precaution. The ultras wanted to snatch the weapons of the RPF jawans.

Thursday's incident takes place nineteen days after the audacious attack by the Maoists on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, killing 28 people including PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, Congress leader Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar and injuring 37 others.

An all-party meet held at Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's official 7, Race Course Road (RCR) in New Delhi earlier on June 10 emphasized that there can be no compromise on dealing with the Naxal violence.

A resolution, which was adopted at the meeting, urged the youth to leave the path of violence and pursue their goals through democratic means.

The resolution, which strongly denouncing Left-Wing Extremist violence, said nothing can be more dangerous than the insurgency to overthrow parliamentary democracy and Constitution of India through violent means.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said the government has been following a two-pronged strategy to deal with this challenge of Left Wing Extremism- sustained and proactive operations against Maoist extremists and addressing development and governance issues in Left Wing Extremist affected areas.

"We believe that there is a need to further fine tune and strengthen this strategy. We have already started work in this direction. I would not like to take your time to give details of the steps that we are taking or planning to take, but would only reaffirm that our government will not be found wanting in this regard," said Dr. Singh in his opening remarks at the all-party meeting held in wake of the May 25 Chhattisgarh Maoist attack.

"We believe that there is urgency to the need to effectively deal with the Naxalite menace. Even as we take all measures that are needed to permanently root out this menace, we must immediately ensure that Naxalite violence is held in check and attacks like the one in Chhattisgarh do not recur," he added. (ANI)

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