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Naxals abduct 2, burn 6 vehicles in Raipur

Maoists abducted two persons and burnt six vehicles, including four buses, in Bastar region.

india Updated: May 21, 2006 16:21 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Maoists on Sunday abducted two persons and burnt six vehicles, including four buses, in Bastar region on the first day of their two-day Chhattisgarh bandh.

The Maoists stopped four buses and two trucks near Birla village of Errabore police station area of Dantewada district, about 500 km from the state capital, and set them on fire, Dantewada police sources said.

Out of the four buses, two are from Andhra Pradesh and one each from Raipur and Jagdalpur in the State, the sources said adding the Maoists first asked all the passengers to come out of the vehicles and then set them on fire for 'violating' the bandh call.

Among the passengers from the four buses, two persons were also abducted by the Naxals and taken with them to the nearby jungle. Police parties are searching the area to trace them, they added.

The Maoists attacked the installations like NMDC and ESSAR Steel's Iron Ore plants in Dantewada district on Saturday to disrupt work during bandh and to disrupt iron ore transportation from Bailadila area of the district. The rebels also removed the joints of a railway track causing derailment of a goods train.

Maoists have given the bandh call to oppose the Salwa Judum (peace campaign against the Naxalites with support of government) and the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, which they termed as a POTA-like Act. The bandh received mixed response.

The Maoists have also opposed the privatisation of BALCO, and investment proposal of TATA, ESSAR and Reliance in the State.

First Published: May 21, 2006 16:21 IST