Miscreants torch JCB, 3 buses in Rourkela

Rourkela: Panic gripped Sorada, Pital and Loharam villages under Bisra police limits in the city after unidentified bike-borne miscreants torched a JCB machine and two buses yesterday.

According to sources, the miscreants entered Sorada village riding three-four motorcycles late in the night and threatened people there. Later, they torched a JCB machine and moved to adjacent Pital village. The gang ransacked a bus there.

The hoodlums then moved to Loharam village and torched two buses there. They also threatened people there that if anybody dares to inform the police about the incident, they would kill him, the sources added.

As the miscreants were armed with guns, they are suspected to be members of PLFI. Meanwhile, police have rushed to the spot and started investigation.

“The PLFI was active in the area though their activities had declined. There is a likelihood that it could be behind these incidents. Our investigation is on,” said Rourkela DSP Ramesh Panigrahi.