Incident Summary:

02/28/2009: On Saturday, just past midnight, around 12 Communist Party of India- Maoist militants set fire to the Ratanpur railway station on Kiul-Bhagalpur section of Eastern Railway in adjoining Munger, Bihar, India. The militants ran off the station master Lalit Kumar and cleared people out before setting fire to the building. The track-changing panel and documents kept in the cabin of the station master was destroyed. No casualties were reported. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Kiul

Location Details:
The attack took place at the Ratanpur railway station on Kiul-Bhagalpur section of Eastern Railway adjoining Munger.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Ratanpur Railway Station
Specific Description The Ratanpur railway station
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Unknown incendiary devices were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The available sources listed the number perpetratros for this attack from 12 to 24, and because no majority figures were reported, the number of perpetrators reported in the source with the highest validity were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 12
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
South Asia Terrorism Portal, "Maoists Attack Railway Properties and Communication Towers in Bihar," (March 02, 2009).
BBC Monitoring South Asia, "Maoist Rebels Blast Railway Tracks in East India," LexisNexis New Delhi PTI News Agency in English, March 01, 2009.