Monday, April 27, 2009

Maoists rampage unabated in Gaya

26 Apr 2009, 2347 hrs IST, Abdul Qadir , TNN

GAYA: In their second operation within 24 hours, about 500 heavily armed Maoists encircled Chonha village under Dumaria police station of Gaya
district on Saturday evening and blasted the primary health centre, middle school building and community hall in the village using dynamite sticks and other explosives. Earlier, the Naxalites had blown up a police building in the same village in the morning. Incidentally, it was the eighth Maoist attack in the district this month.

After blasting the three centres, the Maoists raided the two-storey house of Maqsood Khan, a big farmer and former mukhiya of Narainpur panchayat of the Naxal-infested Dumaria block. Using walkie-talkies, they directed the four female inmates of the house, including the farmer's wife, daughter and two maid servants, to move out of the house as they were going to blow it. Once the womenfolk came out, the Maoists conducted what they call "seizure of the movable assets".

After emptying the house -- according to the former mukhiya's son Rizwan Khan, the Maoists looted about 100 quintals of rice, an equal quantity of wheat, 10 quintals of gram, potatoes and onions, clothes, about 100 grams of gold jewellery and one kg of silver ornaments besides utensils -- the Maoists blew up the sprawling two-storey house.

According to Rizwan, he was in a neighbouring village when the Maoists started encircling his village. He immediately informed all senior police officials about it. But the police reached only after everything was over.

Admitting that she got information about the movement of the Maoists, Magadh Range DIG Anupama Nilekar claimed that immediate steps were taken and police parties dispatched to the village.

According to the villagers, the police reached the place about eight only on Sunday morning, a good 15 hours later. The police team was greeted by "go back" slogans as angry villagers protested against the apparent police failure. The villagers also raised slogans against senior police officials.

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