Denied levy, Maoists burn road firm’s five vehicles
MUZAFFARPUR: Fifty-odd armed Maoists attacked the base camp of Gammon India, a road construction company, at Kamtaul village the Kurhani police station area on Muzaffarpur-Hajipur 4-lane road soon after Friday-Saturday midnight and burned five vehicles engaged in road construction work and three Bolero jeeps. Police attributed the violence to non-payment of levy by the company to Maoists. According to Muzaffarpur SSP Ranjeet Kumar Mishra, the Maoists had brought empty gunny bags and kerosene oil which they used in setting the vehicles afire, The vehicles used in construction work had steel body and, as such, they were only partly damaged. The invaders also slapped one of the 16 workers present at the base camp.
The Maoists’ operation lasted for 15 minutes during which they threw two handwritten leaflets issued by ‘Muzaffarpur-Vaishali sub-zonal committee of CPI (Maoist)’ at the site. The leaflets claimed they resorted to “sainik karrwai” (military action) as they did not get levy during the last 12 months despite assurances from the company management, the SSP said and added police had not been informed by the company about the demand of levy till a week back. The SSP suspected it to be the handiwork of the Maoists sub-zonal committee led by Anil Ram, which is active mostly in Patepur area in Vaishsli district. One suspected Maoist has been arrested and is being interrogated in this connection, said the SSP. Along with Seema Suraksha Bal, the district police have launched a combing operation around Kurhani since Saturday morning to nab the Maoists. A house-to-house search has been started, the SSP informed this correspondent on returning from the spot.
Maoists kill village guard, slit throat
Suspected Maoists have killed a gram rakshi (village guard) on charges of being a police informer at a village in Koraput district’s Pottangi block last night, police said on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Jagu (30), who was attached to the Pottangi police station. Police officers said a group of at least three Maoists reached the home of Jagu at Peteru village, under Pottangi police limits at around 7.30 PM and opened fired on him after inquiring about his identity.
“Jagu was sitting on the veradah of his home. The three Maoists reached there inquired about our identities. No sooner Jagu revealed his identity, they fired on him,” a villager said adding “After Jagu succumbed to the bullet, the Maoists slit his throat.” A letter recovered from the spot revealed that Jagu was punished for working as a police informer and going as guide during combing operations in the area.