Naxals set ablaze five vehicles being used in the construction of a water filter plant in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur on Sunday.
Chhattisgarh: Naxals set ablaze machines deployed to build water filter plant.
Naxals set fire to five vehicles engaged in the construction of a water filter plant in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur on Sunday.
This plant is being built on the banks of Miganchal River at a cost of Rs 34 crores and is supposed to provide water to Bijapur city.
The arson incident took place in the afternoon under Naimed police station limits. “A dozen armed ultras reached the construction site, located around 450 kilometres from Raipur, and threatened the vehicle and machine operators to halt construction activities. They then set ablaze two concrete mixing machines, two earthmovers and a tractor before fleeing from the spot,” an official said.
As soon as the incident was reported, the police rushed to the spot. An operation has been launched in the state for the elimination of the Maoists involved in the act.
Encounters between the security forces and the Naxalites are common in Chhattisgarh. Even in the past, they have left no stone unturned in damaging or destroying government property in the state.
On April 3, a group of around 400 Maoists, armed with light machine guns (LMGs), ambushed security forces deployed on a special operation, killing at least 22 personnel and injuring 30 others, besides decamping with over a dozen sophisticated arms in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur.
The contingent of about 1,500 troops was drawn from the CRPF’S specialised jungle warfare unit CoBRA, its regular battalions, a unit of its Bastariya battalion, the Chhattisgarh Police-affiliated District Reserve Guard (DRG) and others. They had launched a search-and-destroy operation along the border of Bijapur and Sukma districts after they got inputs of Maoists’ presence in the area.
One CoBRA jawan went missing during the encounter and was later found to be in Maoist captivity. He was released by the ultras on April 8.