Friday, December 18, 2009

Maoists blow up Gomia school building

TNN 18 December 2009, 07:33pm ISTText Size:|Topics:

GOMIA: Maoists blew up a high school building late on Thursday night. The incident occurred at Tiskopi under Gomia police station, around 70
kilometres from the district headquarters of Bokaro. Ten rooms of the school were damaged in the blast. But there were no casualties.

As many as seven blasts were triggered by the Maoists to demolish the school building. The thunderous explosion woke up residents even three kilometre away.

Sources said Maoists had earlier threatened the school management to stop allowing security personnel, who used the school as camps during the anti-Naxalite operations, to stay there. Still, the security forces again camped at the school for the third phase of the Assembly election that concluded on December 8.

After they left the building a couple of days back, 50 armed Maoists came to the school around 11 pm and detonated the landmines. Before leaving, they put up posters on the walls of the school, describing the explosion as revenge' taken by them against police personnel using schools as a camp. A school employee said important documents, students' certificates and other things have been completely destroyed in the blast.

Bokaro superintendent of police Saket Singh said combing operations have been launched to arrest those responsible for the blasts.

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