Armed naxalites torched 28 trucks and vehicles engaged in road construction work in Dantewada and Kanker districts on Monday night.
Senior police officials said on Monday that a large number of armed naxalites barged into a vehicle garage of a prominent contractor in Kirandul and torched 24 vehicles stationed there. Similarly, the extremists torched four tippers in Kanker district.
Dantewada SP Rahul Sharma told PTI on Monday that more than 400 armed naxalites stormed the garage of prominent contractor K A Papachand and Company Limited (KAPCL) last night. They first threatened the family members of the contractor and his workers of dire consequences if they raised any alarm and then set afire the vehicles stationed in the garage.
On the basis of eye-witness accounts, Sharma said, the naxalites had also tried to set a fuel pump near the garage on fire but as it was empty they could not succeed in the task. The fuel tank was also owned by KAPCL.
Meanwhile, police said that a group of naxalites snatched mobiles from the members of Papachand family and their workers, the other group damaged the fuel tanks of the vehicles and set them on fire. After the incident, the extremists returned the mobiles to their respective owners.
In another incident, Left wing extremists torched four tippers of PCL Company engaged in road work between Bhanupratappur and Antagarh in Kanker district.
According to police officials in Kanker, more than 30 armed naxalites took control of the vehicles engaged in road construction work and then set them on fire.
The naxals had also taken the vehicle drivers along with them but released them later.