Maoists target government, industrial establishments in Jharkhand

August 22nd, 2009 - 10:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Latehar, Aug.23 (ANI): While the drive to handle Maoists is being carried out by security personnel with precaution that no innocent gets affected in West Bengal, ultras in Jharkhand are attempting to sabotage, governmental, industrial projects and establishments here.

In Jharkhand’s Latehar district Maoists have trained their guns on government establishments and industrial projects.

Around 35-40 Maoist rebels recently carried out an attack on a coal project next to the Tora Chandwa Railway Station. These attacks occurred inspite of security forces stepping up their operations to curb the red belt menace.

Naxalites took employees working at the coal project into captivity and beat them mercilessly. They forced them to discontinue their work.

“They demanded levy from the owner of the coal project. They beat home guards and the accountant present there. How can work take place here? They asked. They also asked how can you load your material here?, said Saryug Baitha, District Superintendent of Police, Latehar, Jharkhand.

The Maoists are particularly effective in the bauxite mining areas of Jharkhand where they charge a huge levy from businessmen or threaten to disrupt their mining activities.

“On both sides of the railway lines there were around 15-20 men who came to attack. Mithlesh, our accountant, home guards and two railway personnel were beaten. They took away mobile phones and holed us up into a room and started hitting us with sticks,” said Antu Prasad, a home guard of a coal project, Latehar.

The workers believe the region is in the control of the Maoists.

The Central Government recently banned Maoist insurgents a terrorist group.

Thousands have been killed by the insurgents since the 1960s.

The Maoists are active in nearly a third of the country’s 630 districts, up from a presence in, government and independent data shows reveals. (ANI)

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