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Maoist Rebels Seize Passenger Train in Eastern India

  • VOA News

Maoist rebels in eastern India have seized a passenger train with some 200 people on board. Details are sketchy.

Reuters news agency says a Maoist rebel on the train pulled the emergency cord, forcing the train to stop in a densely forested area in eastern Jharkhand state. Police say it is not clear whether the passengers are safe or have been robbed.

Maoist rebels, who say they are fighting on behalf of poor peasants and landless laborers, have stepped up attacks on police and government supporters in eastern India in recent months.

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