40 Railway Stations on red-radar: Intelligence Bureau

बोकारो Bokaro: Forty railway stations on Grand Chord and Coal India Chord (CIC) sections under Dhanbad division of East Central Railway are on Naxalite hit list, Intelligence Bureau (IB) reported to the Union home ministry in the wake of rebel attacks on tracks on October 20 and 21.

The IB report assumes significance in poll-bound Jharkhand, where back-to-back attacks at Daniya and near Jarangdih have exposed security lacunae.

The IB red alert names Phusro, Bhandardih, Gomia, Dumri, Dania, Jageshwar Bihar, Chainpur, Barkakana, Tori, Chetar, Richukota, Latehar, Khelari, Barwadih, Hehegarha, Chepadohar, Daltonganj, Nagar Utari, Raman, Koshiyara, Haidarganj, Meral, Singrauli, Baaskatwa and Lalbagh on the CIC section; and Gomoh, Choubey, Koderma, Chandrapura, Bholidih, Hazaribagh Road, Keshwari, Parsabad, Maanpur, Parasnath, Chachaki, Gajhandih, Gurupaa, Paharpur and Bandhua on the Grand Chord line.

Bokaro SP Jitendra Singh said tracks of the CIC section that fell under Bokaro district did not have a parallel road. “It’s a hilly and densely forested zone and trains are the commuting lifeline. It gives Maoists geographical and psychological edge, which is why they target these tracks,” he said.

He added Naxalites had high stakes here. “There’s big money in freight zones. Contractors and transporters pay levy to rebels to operate their business smoothly,” he said.

The IB report added that as levy ran to crores each month, it made business sense to the rebels to keep security forces feeling constantly insecure.

Former IG of North Chotanagpur Laxman Singh, who resigned from IPS three days ago to join the BJP, said: “Naxalites have a big presence in the CIC section as geographical conditions make permanent security postings tough. Till parallel roads come up, vigilance and intelligence network should be the focus.”