Reds blow up tanker; 5 die

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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.

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