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Maoists raid road construction site, set ablaze 4 vehicles

Jamshedpur, Nov. 23: Maoists have once again have struck development work in the state.

A group of CPI (Maoists) rebels torched four vehicles of a road construction company in Kuchai under Kuchai police station in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district on Sunday night, district superintendent of police, Inderjeet Mahatha, said today.

“Road construction work from Kuchai to Badabambo is in progress and till date 19 km of road has been build under police security, while work on another 4 km remains to be completed. In view of panchayat polls on Sunday, police was sent to other areas and taking advantage of the situation, CPI (Maoists) activists reached the spot on a motorcycle.

The extremists snatched the mobile phones from the workers and locked them inside the room. Before leaving, the Maoists set ablaze two tractors, a road roller and a water tanker,” informed Mahatha, who along with DIG (Kolhan) R K Dhan, rushed to the spot on Monday morning to investigate the incident

The SP further said, “Soon Seraikela police reached the spot, rescued the locked workers and took them to the Kuchai police station.” He said that sSecurity forces have launched a combing operation to flush out the ultras belonging to the Maharaj Pramanik-led squad. 

Mahatha assured that the road would be completed under the protection of security forces. 

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