Daltonganj, July 5: A group of armed People’s War activists today took over two railway stations in Latehar district and disrupted traffic for almost nine hours.
The extremists, demanding the withdrawal of criminal cases against the outfit’s joint secretary, Arvind Kumar, who was arrested in Patna last month, said he should be treated as a political prisoner.
Police said the group belongs to the People’s War’s front organisation, the Jharkhand Mazdoor Kisan Samiti.
The activists, numbering around 100, arrived at Hehegara station early this morning and took railway employees hostage. They disrupted movement of trains by switching on the red signal.
The extremists also took over the Kumandi railway station and disrupted train services.
Police arrived at Hehegara around 2 pm. However, all the extremists had escaped by then.
Trains in the Barkakana-Barwadih section under the Dhanbad railway division were brought to a halt at 5 am, besides several goods and passenger trains that were stranded at different places.