Maoist Train Hijackers End Siege in India

300 passengers freed
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2009 3:31 AM CDT
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati waves during an election campaign in Calcutta yesterday as India's national elections, which began last week, take place over five phases until May 13.    (AP Photo/Sucheta Das)
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(Newser) – Suspected Maoist rebels who hijacked an India train ended a four-hour standoff with authorities and released 300 passengers, reports CNN. No one was injured. Hundreds of men surrounded and disabled the train as it traveled through a forest in the state of Jharkhand early today. Rebel attacks in the area have mounted as India's month-long elections get underway.