Ranchi: Jharkhand police have sounded a high alert in Giridih and Dhanbad in the wake of the brazen attack by Maoists on a train in neighbouring Bihar's Jamui district. "We have alerted Giridih and Dhanbad following the incident," a senior police official said.
    
The alert was sounded after about 150 Maoists attacked the Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express in the afternoon. Jamui borders Jharkhand's Giridih district.

Alert in West Bengal
    
An alert was also sounded in West Bengal and security strengthened along the state's border with Odisha and Jharkhand in view of the Maoist attack on the Intercity Express in adjoining Bihar.
    
State's DGP N Mukherjee said that an alert was sounded across West Bengal and special security cover was thrown along the border with Odisha and Jharkhand. He said that contacts were being maintained with the Railway Board.
    
Mukherjee said that SPs and district magistrates in Junglemahal were asked to keep in touch with the state headquarters at Writers' Buildings. Additional security arrangements were made in the Eastern and South Eastern Railway in the state.
    
An eastern railway spokesman said that additional escorts were being provided in eight long-distance trains, including Punjab Mail, Kathgodam Express and Muzaffarpur Fast Passenger, passing through Asansol division of the railway.
    
Security was also beefed up at railway stations in the division. A Southeastern Railway source said that security was also tightened in trains passing through Junglemahal.

Special monitoring cell for VIP movement     

A special monitoring cell with the Jharkhand Special Branch is monitoring the movement of important leaders in Naxal-dominated areas in the wake of the Maoist attack on Chhattisgarh Congress leaders last month.
    
"A security committee has reviewed VIP security and provided them with security as per the X, Y, Z categories," Jharkhand Police Chief Rajeev Kumar said. A security monitoring cell was set up in the Special Branch and similar cells have been formed in all the districts with the personnel keeping a watch on the movement of politicians in Naxalism-hit areas, he added.

(Agencies)

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