Suspected Maoists torch truck near Chandil


    Jamshedpur, Feb. 16: Suspected Maoists torched a truck in Nagasoreng village under Ichagarh Police Station area in Searikela-Kharsawan district in NH-33 during the 48-hour Maoists bandh on Tuesday.

    According to sources, Maoists 10 to 15 in number set on fire the truck in REanch-Jamshedpur National Highway. Soon after getting the information Chandil Police Station inspector along with Chauka and Ichagarh police station incharge with security personals reached the spot.

    During investigation, police said that there might be case that criminals would have been involved in the incident. After the incident the people of the region are living with fear.

    Around ten criminals intercepted the truck by blocking the road with a tree branch and ordered the driver and his helper to get down before they torched the vehicle (Tata 709) near Nagasoreng village at around 2 AM, Superintendent of Police, Inderjeet Mahatha said.

    As the two-day Maoist bandh was in force, Mahatha said it was natural for people to speculate the incident as the handiwork of Maoists. District police along with a fire brigade rushed to the spot and recorded the statements of the driver and helper, Mahatha said denying involvement of Maoists. “There was no Maoists slogan nor any leaflets found at the spot,” the SP said.

    A case has been registered in this connection and hunt was on to apprehend the culprits involved, he said. The matriculation and intermediate exam scheduled for February 16 was postponed. In East Singhbhum district the bandh evoke mixed response as long route buses were seen stranded.

    In Chakradharpur, Sonua, Goilkela and other areas roads were deserted as most of the shops in these areas remained shut. The incident terrorized travelers on NH-33 — the main surface link between Jamshedpur-Ranchi-Patna and also Kolkata.

    The burning vehicle, standing in one side of the two-lane highway, slowed down the vehicular movement and created a jam. In Mango bus stand several passengers had to move back to their houses as bus owners didnt wanted to take risk and buses were stranded.

    Sanjay Kumar Jha, manager, Shankar Parvati Bus, said, several passengers had cancelled their tickets in the wake of the 48-hour bandh. The CPI(Maoists) had called for a two-day Jharkhand and Bihar bandh to protest the killing of its commander Chiragda recently in Bihar.


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