Monday, April 06, 2009

Maoists blow up school in Lohardaga

6 Apr 2009, 0407 hrs IST, Uttam Mukherjee, TNN

LOHARDAGA: About 40 members of the CPI(Maoist) blew up the Project High School at Makka village in the district in the wee hours of Sunday under the
leadership of their sub-zonal commander Sanjay Yadav.

The village is located on the borders of Lohardaga and Latehar districts. The incident appears to be a major challenge to the administration which is gearing up for the parliamentary elections scheduled for April 16. The Project High School is located less than a kilometre away from the village middle school where BSF personnel are camping these days.

SP Subodh Prasad said that the Maoists blew up the school in frustration as the police have sealed the entry points to the sensitive areas in the bordering areas of the district.

The Makka village was recently covered under the security net after the police learnt that the Maoists were planning to enter the village, the SP said, adding that the school building was partially damaged in the blast which the Maoists triggered during the night.

SDPO Ram Gulam Sharma said that only one room of the school building had been damaged in the explosion. Policing has been intensified in the area, he added.

Sources, however, claimed that the Maoists blew up both the old as well as the new school building in two separate blasts. The new building had been constructed recently at the cost of Rs 35 lakh.

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