‘Maoists’ torch truck on NH-33 in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Suspected Maoists torched a truck on Ranchi-Jamshedpur national highway (NH-33) during wee hours on Tuesday, second of the two days CPI (Maoist) called Jharkhand-Bihar bandh.The speeding truck screeched to a halt at Nagasoreng village in Ichagarh where Maoists had held up the highway with small branches of palash tree scattered across the road. The Maoists, some armed with small weapons, emerged from either side of the highway and allowed an escape to the driver and the cleaner before setting fire to the Jamshedpur bound truck. The vehicle was empty as, police said, it was returning from Ranchi after unloading a consignment.SP Saraikela Kharsawan Indrajeet Mahtha said Rs 20,000, the driver was carrying, was looted by them.
Maoists torch BSNL mobile tower in Bihar
PATNA: Maoist guerrillas torched a mobile tower in Bihar’s Jamui district on Tuesday, the second day of a two-day state-wide shutdown, police said. The Maoists had called the shutdown to protest the killing of one of their top-ranking leaders in a police shootout earlier this month. Nearly 40 armed guerrillas attacked the BSNL mobile tower at Mudwaro village and set it ablaze. “The BSNL mobile tower was badly damaged,” a police official said. Maoists pasted hand written posters at different places in the district, warning police to stop harassing innocent people and threatened the police to stop torturing the poor. The shutdown has affected normal life in rural ares in Jamui, Banka, Munger, Lakhisarai and other neighbouring districts.
Police, Maoists exchange fire in Odisha forest
Exchange of fire between police forces and Maoists was reported this evening from Handapa area of Odisha’s Angul district, said a top police official of the district. Police and Red Rebels exchanged fire around 7 PM in the Nakchir Udal forested area under Handapa forest limits, police sources said. “During joint combing operations by Angul and Sambalpur police it came face to face with Maoists belonging to Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundergarh division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) resulting in exchange of fire. We have no reports till now of casualties due to the exchange of fire. We suspect that Maoists are in hiding in Handapa area. We have intensified our search operations,” said Angul SP Rajesh Pandit.