Thursday, December 08, 2005

Maoists burn road project equipment in Bihar

Patna | December 08, 2005 5:15:06 PM IST

Maoist rebels set ablaze eight tractors and ransacked the office of a contractor engaged in a road building project funded by the centre in Bihar, after failing to get Rs.3 million ($64,000) as extortion money.
The rebels, who had demanded the extortion money from the contractor, burnt the tractors and damaged his office Wednesday night in Khagaria district, police said.

Road construction is being undertaken in the district under the Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojna (employment programme).

The incident has created panic among officials and contractors engaged in the project.

There were reports last week of the Maoists demanding extortion money from contractors in Begusarai, Rohtas, Muzaffarpur and some other districts of the state.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist), an outlawed group, has been active in Khagaria district.

Few months ago they blasted the brick klin owned by union steel minister Ramvilas Paswan's younger brother Paras Kumar Paswan and blasted his house with dynamite.


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