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Maoist strike hits five Bihar districts

Patna, Feb 17 (IANS) Normal life was partially hit in five districts of Bihar Wednesday following a strike called by Maoists to denounce the alleged killing of over half a dozen guerrillas.

There was mixed response to the strike in Banka, Bhagalpur, Jamui, Munger and Lakhisarai districts, officials said. Additional Director General of Police U.S. Dutt said the situation was peaceful.

The guerrillas alleged that eight Maoists were killed by police and their bodies dumped at unknown places.

Dutt said police were on alert and additional security forces had been deployed at sensitive places. ‘Security is tight in trains and railway stations as Maoists usually target railways during a strike,’ he said.

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