NEW DELHI: A group of over 100 Maoists today opened fire on the Dhanbad-Patna Intercity train killing a railway police personnel, two passengers and injuring half a dozen other people, in Bihar's Jamui district.
Maoists attacked the train with an intention to loot passengers.
The train driver has sustained injuries in the firing that continued for almost 20-25 minutes, according to a railway official.
The intercity express was held up by Maoists between Jamui and Bhalui stations for more than an hour, a top railway official said.
Over 100 Maoists squad members are believed to be involved in the attack . It seems GRP escort party was targeted in the attack, though no casualty has been reported yet. Jamui SP is reaching the spot with force.
Additional Director General of Police S.K. Bhardwaj said a Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel was killed and weapons of four of his colleagues looted by the rebels in a rare day-time attack on the Dhanbad-Patna inter-city train near Bhului halt in Jamui, some 150 km from here.
It seems the motive was to loot the arms of the RPF personnel in the train, Bhardwaj said.
Jamalpur Rail Superintendent of Police Amitabh Das, who is on way to Jamui, said there was exchange of fire between the RPF personnel and the Maoists.
"Railway police countered the attack," he said.
East Central Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Amitabh Prabhakar told IANS over telephone: "We have information that some passengers have been injured in firing by the Maoists."
Additional forces have been rushed to the spot, Bhardwaj said.
Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde called for an emergency meeting after Maoist attack on Patna-Dhanbad intercity train.
Naxals tried to snatch weapons from RPF guards, according to SP, Jamalpur Railways.
Jamui district has seen intermittent Maoist activty forcing the state to establish security forces on the ground.