Thursday, November 19, 2009

Naxals attack school building at Taliya

TNN 18 November 2009, 10:55pm ISTText Size:|Topics:Taliya

DHANBAD: Armed Maoists on Tuesday evening attacked a school building at Taliya near Barwadda police station of Dhanbad district and forced the teachers and students to leave the premises.

The school was a temporary accommodation for security forces during the assembly elections. According to police, Maoists entered Taliya Vansthali High School at 11.30 pm and assaulted the night guard and cook of the hostel. They also beat up a school teacher for allowing the security forces to take shelter for the election.

The Naxalites thrashed the night guard, Kanilal Mahto, with butts of rifles and cook Devilal Mahto physically. They then asked the hostel superintendent to allow the 60 inmates to leave the hostel premises.

According to police, 46 tubelights and two generator sets were also set on fire. They warned since a land mine was planted, school children may become victims if they stayed there.

The Maoists later put up posters asking people to boycott the elections and not allow the security forces to stay in the schools and colleges. Elections are farce, the posters said.

They also attacked another school building-Kendedih Middle School at Topchanci, also in Dhanbad district and put up anti-election posters.

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