Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Reds blast 3 govt buildings in one go

16 Jun 2009, 0556 hrs IST, TNN

GAYA: Armed Maoists in the wee hours on Monday blew at least three government buildings in Chakarbandha village under the extremist-hit Dumaria police station of Bihar's Gaya district, close to the Jharkhand state border.

Reports reaching here said the Maoists numbering about 70 raided village after midnight and blew a government middle school building, a community hall and the panchayat bhawan.

Chakarbandha is virtually inaccessible with any mode of transportation, and a walk of about nine km is required to reach the village, located about 24 km away from the Dumaria police station. The Naxalites of late have become hyper active in this region. A few months back, six policemen were gunned down by the Naxalites in Raniganj village of the neighbouring Imamganj police station area.

Gaya SP M R Naik said the mindless destruction of the school building and community hall betrayed the desperation of the Maoists. "It was after many many years that the administration succeeded in conducting the Lok Sabha election in Chakarbandha which the Naxalites believed to be their fiefdom and this success of the official machinery upset the Naxalite leaders," Naik said and added the Naxalites perhaps feared that these buildings would be converted into police pickets in future.

The SP said the Naxalites and the police force exchanged fire on Monday morning as the police party returning from the place of occurrence was fired upon by the ultras. However, no casualty was reported from either side.
Naik said a joint operation by the Gaya, Aurangabad and Palamu (Jharkhand) police would be launched soon against the Naxalites.

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