Marxist Naxalites hijacked a passenger train, going from Barkana to Mugalsarai in Jharkhand, with around 800 passengers on board and took them as hostages on Wednesday morning at around 7.00 am.
Naxals later took the train to Latehar railway station. Unconfirmed reports claim there are around 200 Naxalites who boarded the train.
Gaya Superintendent of Police M.R. Naik claimed that all the passengers are safe, so far. Four helicopters and Railway Protection Force has been pressed into action to control the situation. Additional forces have been rushed to the spot.
In the night, over 100 armed Maoists attacked trucks on the busy Grand Trunk Road near Barachatti in Gaya at around 12.30 am. They forcibly stopped the trucks at gun point and torched nine of the vehicles.
A group of armed Maoists also bombed the Dev block development office in Aurangabad district, which is about 50 km from Gaya.