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Armed Maoist rebels attacked a Bihar railway station on the Patna-Kolkata route on Saturday morning and held the station master captive for around half an hour.

As per reports, the militants also threatened to explode the station building.

The railway operation was disrupted for more than 4 hours on the route as the Chaura railway station in Jamui district came under siege

The insurgents, in police fatigues, reached Chaura around 6 am. and barged into the cabin of Station Master Vinay Kumar.

They ordered Kumar to stop operations as they were celebrating Maoist week in the region.

“When the station-master asked them why he would do such a thing, they introduced themselves as Maoists and pulled out their firearms,” said a railway official.

Most of the officials present at the railway station were shocked.

It was a tense moment when they saw the armed Maoists inside the station premises.

“After some time, though the officials, including station master Vinay Kumar, managed to flee,” he said.

“We have initiated a search operation of the entire area, including railway tracks and railway station and then given green signal to railway officials to resume operation on this route,” SP Jamui SP Pramod Kumar Mandal said.

Major trains like Himgiri Express were stopped at various railway stations along the route.

The railway operation was resumed after police and CRPF officials checked entire areas and gave the green signal.

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