Reds blow up tanker; 5 die
Raipur: Maoists blew up a fuel-laden tanker supplying a railway construction site in Bastar’s Kanker district and fired on workers on Tuesday, killing three of them. Two other men were murdered by Maoists in Sukma on Sunday after being accused of being police informers.
It’s the biggest Maoist attack on a railway project in years. The rebels tried to disrupt Rowghat railway line project, where work is underway between Tumapal and Kosronda areas now.
A diesel tanker was going towards a work site in Pakalbeda in the interiors of Kanker district, when Maoists detonated an IED around 10am. The explosion was so powerful that the vehicle was hurled in the air and came crashing down on the road, DIG anti-Maoist operations P Sundarraj police told TOI. Maoists lurking in the woods nearby started firing at the three men in the tanker, killing them on the spot, said police.
Later, an encounter broke between Maoists and SSB personnel who have camps near the ambush site. After a gunfight, Maoists retreated into the forest.
About 400km south of the ambush site, two youngsters were murdered by Maoists in Sukma’s Dabbakonta area. Madkam Rohit and Madvi Lacha were abducted from their homes on Saturday, dragged to a Maoists’ ‘jan adalat’ and killed on Sunday.