Maoist attack police station in Giridih, torch trucks

PTI, Aug 26

GIRIDIH (JHARKHAND): Maoists fired indiscriminately at a police station in Giridih, blew up a building and set on fire trucks on the Grand Trunk road in the wee hours on Thursday to protest the arrest of their two associates.A group of armed Maoists attacked the Pirtand Police station around 1 am and started firing at random, Superintendent of Police, A V Homker, said.The security forces returned the fire, he said, adding there was no casualty.A couple of blasts were also heard nearby as Maoists destroyed a government building near the police station, he said.Later, the ultras torched some trucks on the G T Road on the Dhanbad-Giridih border.Police said the Maoists were protesting the arrests of two of their hardcore associates, Muktar Ansari and Dasrath Manjhi in Giridih yesterday.In stepped up anti-Naxal operations, police have apprehended several Maoists across the state while about ten ultras have surrendered since July.

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