Miscreants hurl bomb at JCB machine

Jajpur: In a suspected case of extortion, motorcycle borne miscreants hurled bombs at a JCB machine of a contractor near Chanditala village in Jajpur district, police said today.

The JCB machine was on canal renovation work being carried out by a contractor when two miscreants came on a motorcycle yesterday afternoon and asked its operator to give telephone number of the contractor of the work who was absent from the site, at gun point, the police said.

As the JCB operator was reluctant to give contractor s telephone number, the miscreants hurled two crude bombs at the machine and fled away. Though the JCB got damaged due to explosion, the operator survived unhurt, they said.

“On being informed we reached the spot and started investigation. We have sealed all entry and exit points of the area and informed all police stations in around Barachana.

Though the machine got partly damaged, its operator survived unhurt,” said Sudhakar Sahu, inspector-in-charge of Barachana police station.

Extortion is believed to be the motive behind the incident, he said.