Also ...The Maoists struck hard during their economic blockade, blowing up a culvert on a road near Bandhugaon in Orissa's Koraput district. They also blocked the roads, disrupting normal traffic. The naxals have called for a week-long economic blockade, protesting against the proposed Operation Green Hunt. Many areas in Makangiri and Koraput districts remained cut off, as naxals blocked the roads by felling trees and rocks.
Even as the Railways are busy picking up the pieces following a series of Naxal attacks across the country, causing it losses worth crores of rupees and major operational delays, the world’s largest carrier of train passengers is faced with a new threat — terrorists. The Railway Board has sought to know from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) the steps it’s taking to protect luxury trains such as the Deccan Odyssey and the Maharaja Express from terror attacks. Trains in UP are already on the terror radar: Mohd Salman — an Indian Mujahideen operative held in Azamgarh — has confessed that the terror group had plans to blow up the Palace on Wheels (a luxury train), along with bridges. The design was to kill foreigners and seek maximum publicity.