Maoists on Wednesday set ablaze 22 heavy vehicles deployed for transporting iron ore in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, about 220 km south of Raipur, police said.
Kanker police said the ultras thrashed the drivers before setting the vehicles, which were engaged in the Hahaladdi mines, on fire. The drivers and helpers of the trucks fled from the area.
The Maoists are reportedly opposed to iron ore mining in the area and the attack in Kanker came on the eve of a one-day ‘bandh call’.
No security forces have been deployed in the three functional iron ore mines in Kanker, officials posted at the site told HT on condition of anonymity.
During the last 30 days, around 95 vehicles have been set on fire by the Maoists in strife-torn Bastar zone.
As many as 35 vehicles deployed for road construction work at Tarlaguda in Bijapur were burnt down on October 23. A week later, on October 30 they set ablaze 29 vehicles at Chargaon iron ore mines in Kanker.
The ultras also torched a bus in Bijapur district on October 24 after asking all passengers to get off the vehicle and on the previous day, the rebels burnt five trucks working for the railways near Geedam in Dantewada.
On Monday, they torched a private bus in Sukma after asking its passengers to alight.