Thursday, January 22, 2009

Maoists burn 11 trucks, blow up mobile tower

23 Jan 2009, 0245 hrs IST, TNN

SASARAM: Maoists set on fire 11 cement-laden trucks and blew up a mobile tower during a day-long bandh call given by CPI (Maoist) in five states on
Thursday in protest against alleged torture of Naxals in jails.

The bandh paralysed life and the 200-km-long stretch of Grand Trunk Road from Gaya to Karmanash in Kaimur wore a deserted look as there was a sharp decline in the number of heavy vehicles on the stretch which gets 5,000 vehicles every day.

Despite the presence of Maoists in the area, the Sasaram district administration did not take any preventive measures on the bandh day. According to sources, about 50 armed Maoists, many of them women, torched the trucks in Ranjitganj village. The trucks were coming after loading cement from Kalyanpur Banjari Cement factory.

The Maoists, who had came well prepared to take on police, executed their operation with ease and did not leave until the trucks had been gutted. One of the truck drivers, Surshan Singh, said the Maoists also hit them with the butt of their rifles.

Later, they also blasted a generator set and the systems room of a private company-owned mobile tower in the village. Maoists have set on fire more than two dozen trucks carrying cement in the last five years.

Shahabad Range DIG A K Ambedkar confirmed the incidents and said a combing operation has been launched to nab the Maoists. No arrests have been made, though.

In a related development, the Maoists blew up a BSNL mobile tower at Nayakagawn village under Dumaria police station of Gaya district. SP Mallar Vizhi confirmed the incident. She, however, said the number of Naxals involved in the incident was yet to be ascertained.

The bandh hit movement of vehicles in Jharkhand, but had little impact in Orissa and West Bengal, the two other states where the Naxals had called the bandh

1 comment:

Hino Trucks said...

That is terrible! IO hope that are no further outbreaks of violence.