Maoists torched five bamboo laden trucks on Tuesday at Dhiri Murrum village in Balaghat. The Maoists also beat up a forest department employee who was boarding one of the trucks.
The incident occurred after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s visit to the district where he declared 37 gram panchayats as digital panchayats.
DC Sagar, inspector general of police, Balaghat zone said the police received information about burning of the trucks from the district forest officer.
Balaghat is a Maoist-affected district where extremists have been opposing development works for a long time.
This is the third incident of arson in the area since April 2016.
On April 11, 2016, a truck laden with bamboo was set afire by Maoists after the owner allegedly did not turn up on their call.
On May 30, 2016, Maoists set on fire two JCB machines near Saira village that were deployed for construction of roads.