Sunday, March 15, 2009

Maoists set afire construction company equipment worth Rs 3 cr

15 Mar 2009, 0413 hrs IST, TNN

HAZARIBAG: The ongoing construction work on the Koderma-Hazaribag-Ranchi railway line suffered a big setback as 35-40 Maoists, led by sub-zonal
commander Makhsudan alias Krishna Yadav, raided the site "Reach 13" near Khilari under the Simaria police station of Chatra district at 2.30 am on Saturday and set afire equipment worth Rs 3 crore.

The place also happens to be near Katkumsandi police station of Hazaribag district.

Police sources said Maoists raided the construction office of the Kolkata-based company, Khazana, and asked company "munshi" Pappu Miyan and three other workers how they dared start work without paying levy to them. They then forcibly entered the store room, took out the diesel stocked there and at set afire three trucks and other vehicles parked there.

Maoists also thrashed Pappu and three other labourers. They have been admitted to a local hospital. The Maoist also looted cash, several mobile phones and other valuables.

On getting information, Chatra SP Akhilesh Jha rushed to the spot. The SP said neither the construction company contractors nor the railway officials concerned informed the police about the Maoists' threat to the construction site.

The SP said massive search operation has been launched to nab the Maoists.

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