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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

At least three vehicles engaged in road construction work at Tala Pipili village under Sadar police limits of Kalahandi district were allegedly torched by the Maoists late Wednesday night.

The vehicles include a tractor, a JCB machine, and a tipper. A contractor of Bhawanipatna had engaged those vehicles in the construction work.

However, the Red Ultras torched the vehicles alleging low quality work.

Meanwhile, Sadar police reached the spot and started a probe into the incident.

As per reports, around 50 Maoists reached the village late night and warned the contractor to torch the vehicles for low quality construction work. Eventually they torched the vehicles and fled away. They also left a Mao banner before fleeing the spot.

Security forces have intensified combing operation in the area following the incident to prevent any further untoward incident.

As per local people, the Red Ultras torched the vehicles in an act of revenge as a Maoist was arrested a couple of days earlier though police claimed it to be a case of surrender.


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