Maoists attacked an iron ore mining site in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday and killed an employee of a private firm after torching vehicles and machinery, police said on Saturday.
Police said that an exchange of fire took place between the Maoists and security personnel on Saturday.
“The incident took place in Dongar hills in Aamdai Ghati where Jayaswal Neco Industries Limited (JNIL) has been allotted an iron ore mine. Maoists attacked the site around 10 am and set fire to four Poclain excavator machines and two Hyva trucks besides other machinery deployed for the construction work,” a press note issued by police stated.
The release further stated that there were 14 workers at the spot.
“Maoists thrashed supervisor Pradip Sheel to death with sticks and also injured some others,” police said.
Police said that after being alerted about the incident, a team of security forces from a nearby police camp set off for the spot. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and 13 workers, along with the body of the dead employee, were taken to Chhote Dongar police station. A search operation is underway to trace the rebels.
A supervisor of a private iron ore mine was tied up and beaten to death in Chhattisgarh on Saturday as Naxals attacked the mine and torched machinery and six vehicles there. The incident took place in Dongar hills in Aamdai Ghati area of Narayanpur district.
According to the police, an exchange of fire took place between the Naxals and security personnel who were rushed to the areas after receiving information about the attack on the private mine.
The iron ore mine that was attacked belongs to the Jayaswal Neco Industries Limited (JNIL). Officials said production is yet to start and pre-mining area development work was underway at the site when Naxals attacked it.
Sources say around 100 Naxals, dressed in black colour uniform, stormed the iron mine and created havoc for nearly two hours. They also attacked security forces by planting an ambush and hurling grenades at them. However, no injuries were suffered in it.
The supervisor who was killed in the attack has been identified as Pradip Sheel. Officials say his hands were tied and the Naxals beat him to death. Sheel had reportedly come to work at the mine 15 days ago.
In the attack, the Naxals torched two Poclain excavator machines, two Hyva trucks besides other vehicles at the mine.
The place where the attack took place is nearly one km away from the camp of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force.
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"Naxals stormed the construction site around 10am and threatened workers, asking them to stop the work," Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.
He added that at the time of the attack, there were 14 workers at the spot. Before fleeing, the Naxals thrashed some of them.
"They beat Pradip Sheel, a supervisor, to death with sticks," the IG said.
Meanwhile, speaking about the attack, Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg said the mining company had not informed the police about their ongoing road-construction activity. "This was the reason why there was no security cover for the mine and the Naxals found it to be an easy target."
"After being alerted about the incident, a team of security forces from a nearby police camp set off for the spot. Some naxals who were hiding in the forest fired country-made BGL (barrel grenade launcher) on security forces and the camp, leading to a gun-battle," Garg said, adding that no security personnel was injured.
However, contradicting the SP's version, Jayaswal Neco's local in-charge HN Jha said they had informed the police about the ongoing work at the mining site.
(With inputs from Dharmendra Mahapatra in Bastar, and agencies