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Maoists attack transport association camp in Chhattisgarh; torch 5 trucks


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Malkangiri: Maoists fear continued to loom large in neighbouring Chhattisgarh State last night also, after a group of armed rebels attacked a transport company premise at Bacheli in Dantewada district and set at least five trucks afire.

As per the report, a group of heavily armed members of outlawed CPI (Maoist) group barged into Bailadila Truck Owners’ Association depot and threatened the staffs present there. Later they went on torching trucks parked in the depot one after the other before fleeing from the spot.

While the exact reason behind the Maoist attack is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that the red rebels might have taken the step to avenge the Konta forest encounter which killed at least 15 rebels dead last Monday. In addition, the Maoists’ opposition to mining activities in Bailadila area could also be behind the incident fears the truck owners’ association.

Notably, Maoists have torched at least nine vehicles so far in separate attacks in Chhattisgarh in last three days in a protest to Konta encounter on last Monday. The encounter which took place at a forest between Gollapalli and Konta at Sukma, 390 kilometres from Raipur stands as the lone encounter in Chhattisgarh so far in which bodies of rebels in such a large number have been recovered.

Police have tightened security arrangements in Dantewada district following the incident and intensified combing operation.


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