GAYA, BIHAR: 32 trucks on the busy Grand Trunk Road in Bihar’s Gaya district have been set on fire, reportedly by Naxals following a two-day bandh call in the region. The trucks were set on fire post midnight as the bandh came into effect. The GT Road is a busy national highway that connects Kolkata to Delhi and beyond, and passes through Bihar The bandh call has been given by the CPI (Maoist) to protest against the killing, by security forces, of a woman cadre about a week ago in an encounter.
Life comes to a standstill in Red Zone as Maoists up the ante ahead of assembly polls
GAYA: Life in the Red Zone comprising major part of the Sherghati sub division of Gaya district, particularly Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar and Raushanganj police station areas came to a standstill, as Maoists got markets, road transport, banking services and govt offices closed and a curfew like situation prevailed in the naxalite infested areas. Ambulances and milk vans were exempted from the bandh purview. The Maoists also issued hand written threats to Gaya SSP Manu Maharaj, known for his front-led anti naxalite operations. Traffic on the always busy GT Road came to a halt in the wee hours on Monday and for the next nearly ten hours, there was no movement on the road resulting in a nearly 15 km long jam on either side of the place of occurrence on the all important road.
After the burnt/damaged vehicles were tucked out, traffic resumed but the movement of vehicles remained much below the normal. Off GT Road, no vehicle plied in the Sherghati sub division. According to SSP Manu Maharaj, the situation was under control and a combing operation has been launched to nab the ultras involved in the GT Road incident.
Naxals torch over 2 dozen vehicles in Gaya
Gaya: Maoists set at least 32 vehicles on fire in Amas in Gaya district of Bihar to enforce a two-day shutdown beginning today. “A group of armed Maoists forcibly stopped vehicles on the busy Grand Trunk road in Gaya and torched them post midnight on Sunday to create panic,” Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said. Around two dozen trucks were among the vehicles set on fire. The Maoists are also protesting security forces operation against them, police said, adding that traffic on GT Road has been affected. The drivers of the torched vehicles told police officials that armed Maoists asked them to get away from the vehicles before setting them on fire. Taking serious note of the attack, police headquarters in Patna have directed the district police to intensify combing operations against Maoists.
Maoists torch 35 trucks in Bihar, enforce shutdown
Maoists on Monday torched at least 35 heavy vehicles on the busy National Highway 2 in Bihar’s Gaya district to enforce a two-day shutdown to protest the killing of a female commander, police said. At least 200 heavily armed Maoists virtually ran riot act and brought the traffic to a grinding halt on the NH 2, also known as the Grand Trunk road, which links New Delhi to Kolkata in the east. Reports said the Maoist rampage began around 12.30am Monday near Vishunpura village under Amas police station of Gaya, about 130 km southwest of Patna, where the ultras forced drivers to stop their vehicles, withdrew diesel from their tanks and used the fuel to set the vehicles on fire. Eyewitnesses said that Maoists ordered the truckers and drivers of other vehicles to leave the spot. They also terrorized locals to go into hiding.