Just a day before the second phase of elections in India, Maoist rebels struck again, hijacking a train with 700 passengers in the eastern state of Jharkhand. After holding the passengers and crew hostage for nearly four hours, the Maoists released them and retreated into the jungle. The passengers and crew were all said to be safe and sound. In a separate incident in the neighbouring state of Bihar, armed rebels set fire to nine trucks and bombed a government office. One truck driver was killed. The Maoists, who say they are fighting for poor farmers, have recently stepped up their attacks in India's eastern and central states.
Police after a blast in Jharkand: Maoists have stepped up their attacks in India since staggered parliamentary elections began on April 16