New Delhi: Protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Odisha, 30 Maoists on Friday attacked Doikallu railway station in Rayagada district, disrupting regular train services. As per the news agency PTI Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway (ECoR), JP Mishra said, “The attackers snatched the walkie-talkie of the station master, and forced staff of goods train standing outside the station to shut down the engine.” Also Read - Odisha Govt Reduces Tuition Fee in All Private Schools For 2020-21 Academic Session

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Maoists stormed Doikalu railway station under Sambalpur Division shortly after midnight and ransacked the station master’s office. The ultras pulled out station master SK Parida and triggered an explosion in the station premises.The ultras were protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the state, during the Bharatiya Janata Party’s(BJP) upcoming two-day national executive meet in the Odisha capital from April 15. Also Read - 'Name Change Virus?' Internet Explodes With Memes After Gujarat Govt Renames Dragon Fruit As 'Kamalam'

The Maoists left behind handwritten posters opposing the policies of Narendra Modi-led NDA government and Naveen Patnaik regime.  The meeting is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah, senior leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and other party leaders.

What the posters read? 

Written in the local language, the posters mentioned the recruitment of non-Odia Jawans in Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force. As per the reports of leading daily The Indian Express, the Maoists even protested against appointment of non-Odia administrative officers.

In the second poster, the attackers opposed the two-day visit of the Prime Minister to Odisha on April 15 and 16  for BJP’s national executive meeting.

Reactions after the attack:

Dubbing the Naxals attack at Odisha’s Doikallu railway station as ‘desperation’, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) said the Government of India and the state government should not bow down to these kinds of pressure tactics.

Talking to leading news agency ANI, BJD leader Jay Panda said, “Neither the Government of India nor the Government of Odisha should bow down to such pressure tactics and we should do what is going on…strong action against them, rooting them out, combing operations as well as development of Odisha.”

Trains disrupted: 

Following the attack, all train movements in that section were disrupted. Talking to leading daily The Indian Express Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway zone, JP Mohapatra said,”While one group was in the station master’s office, another group went to the goods train standing outside the station. They Forced the staff to shut down the engine.”

Leading daily The Hindu named few trains which were stopped after the attack.

12843 Puri-Ahmedabad express at the Rayagada station,

22838 Ernakulam-Hatia Express stopped at the Bobbili station

58530 Visakhapatnam-Durg passenger at Jimidipeta

58302 Koraput-Sambalpur passenger stopped

58302 Koraput-Sambalpur passenger stopped

58302 Koraput-Sambalpur passenger stopped enroute

58528 Visakhapatnam-Raipur Express is detained at Gajapatinagaram

18437 Bhubaneswar-Junagarh Express stopped at the Rayagada

18437 Bhubaneswar-Junagarh Express stopped at the Rayagada

18437 Bhubaneswar-Junagarh Express stopped at the Rayagada Station

17482 Tirupati-Bilaspur Express has been stopped en-route.

17482 Tirupati-Bilaspur Express has been stopped en-route.

Past attack:

Earlier, on February 02,  seven police personnel were killed and six others injured in a landmine blast detonated by Maoists in Odisha’s Koraput district close to Andhra Pradesh border. “A total of seven persons have so far died in the landmine blast incident,” DIG south-western range, S Syani had said.

(With inputs from Agencies)