Maoists attack construction company, leader arrested
Suspected Maoists struck at a construction company camp office in Muzaffarpur district, nearly 80 km north of the state capital, and tried to set on fire the company’s supervisor after sprinkling kerosene on his body on Friday night.patna Updated: Mar 05, 2011 18:44 IST
Suspected Maoists struck at a construction company camp office in Muzaffarpur district, nearly 80 km north of the state capital, and tried to set on fire the company’s supervisor after sprinkling kerosene on his body on Friday night.
The Maoists carried out the operation following refusal to pay extortion money by the company, which is engaged in the construction of a bridge on river Sikrahana.
“A group of nearly 20 armed guerillas reached the construction site at Raghai ghat on Sikrahana embankment past midnight and took the workers of the Singhla Construction Company hostage on gun point. They snatched the mobile phones of the officials, ransacked the camp office and set on fire a JCB machine, a dumper and a tractor”, DSP (east) Muzaffarpur, Shibli Nomani said.
“The supervisor is safe, as the naxals only poured kerosene on his body”, the DSP added.
An employee of the construction firm Uday Kumar told HT that the ultras collected the mobile phones and locked the employees in one room before setting afire the machines and vehicles.
On February 12, the ultras had set on fire two dumpers of the same company.
DIG, Tirhut range, B S Meena said that a team led by a DSP has been set up to inquire into the incident. The team would submit its report in a week, Meena added.
This is the second incident of Maoists’ attack on construction companies for extortion in the past week. They had attacked the base camps of two companies on the Kaimur hills, assaulted the employees and torched a JCB machine and a road-roller. They had also stopped the work on a siphon bridge of the Durgwati reservoir project.
In Rohtas, police on Saturday arrested a Maoist, wanted in several incidents of crime, from Goralia hilly area in Rohtas district.
Acting on a tip-off, police raided the area and arrested Brishketu Kumar alias Bishnu Singh, SP Manu Maharaj said.
A rifle looted earlier from police and 12 rounds of ammunition were seized from him.
The Maoist commander is one of the founder members of the naxal organization in South Bihar and is active in the area since early 80s. He was mastermind of almost all major incidents in the region, police said.