Rebels Stop Train in India

PATNA, India (AP) - Police say nearly 250 suspected Maoist
rebels have stopped a train with hundreds of passengers aboard in
eastern India, a day ahead of parliamentary polling that the
guerrillas have vowed to disrupt.

Hemant Toppo, superintendent of police, says police
reinforcements are being rushed to the forested area in eastern
Jharkhand state.

Toppo says the rebels are refusing to let the train leave the
station in the small town of Hegarah. There were no immediate
reports of any casualties.

Authorities suspect Wednesday's attack was an attempt to disrupt
voting Thursday in India's national election. The rebels have asked
people in the region to boycott the polling.

Police say rebels killed 17 people across the country in attacks
timed to voting last week, during the first phase of the elections.

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