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Maoists Deny Hand In Train Derailment

The spokesperson of PCPA (People's Committee Against Police Atrocities)  Asit Mahato on Friday denied any involvement in the train derailment near Jhargram in West Bengal. Mahato told PTI “We were in no way involved. This
PTI May 28, 2010 17:53 IST
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The spokesperson of PCPA (People's Committee Against Police Atrocities)  Asit Mahato on Friday denied any involvement in the train derailment near Jhargram in West Bengal.

Mahato told PTI “We were in no way involved. This is not our act”.

Earlier, PTI  had issued a story saying the Maoist-backed group had claimed responsibility for derailing the train. The news agency had reported someone claiming to represent the PCPA had called its offices in Kolkata to say its members had sabotaged the railway track in West Bengal.

"The PCAPA have left two posters near the rail tracks clearly owning responsibility for the derailment of the Kurla-bound Gyaneswari Express," IGP (Law and Order) S Karpurakayastha told PTI here.

The posters read, "We earlier demanded withdrawal of the joint security forces from Jangalmahal (West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia) and end of CPI(M) atrocities, but those demands were not met." 

Another poster demanded immediate withdrawal of the joint forces from the area.  Police have seized both posters.

On October 27 last year, the PCPA had detained the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express for eight hours during a bandh called by the outfit.  Nearly 400 villagers owing allegiance to the PCPA had blocked the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express at Banstala halt in Jhargram.

The blockade was enforced as part of an indefinite bandh in the district to protest security force operations in the area. PTI