Maoists torch 8 construction vehicles in Koraput

Koraput: Armed Maoists set fire to three camps and eight construction vehicles under Pottangi police station limits in Koraput district late on Sunday night.

Reports said more than 100 armed Maoists arrived at three contractors’ camps at Taupadar, Barabandha and Kasuguda under Pottangi police station limits and attacked the labourers while they were asleep. Later, they set fire to the three camps and eight road construction vehicles including a tractor, a JCB machine and five poclain machines.

Before leaving the area, the Red Rebels left some posters and banners signed in the name of the Srikakulam-Koraput Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist).

In these posters, the outlawed outfit has claimed responsibility for the incidents and protested the widening of the road to Deomali saying it would help the police and the BSF personnel.

Maintaining that the widening of the road will help multi-national companies and not the tribals, the ultras have demanded construction of narrow roads failing which, they would punish the contractors and the officials engaged in construction work.