Maoists set afire tipper, earthdigger

BHADRACHALAM: Maoists have allegedly set ablaze a tipper and a proclainer (earthmover) near Alubaka in the Bhadrachalam Agency area of Kammam district on Friday night.

It is said that the Maoists torched the vehicles to obstruct the road works taken up under the Left Wing Extremism Affected Districts Development Scheme. The Maoist had warned the contractor earlier not to take up work on the road that connects Bhadrachalam with Venkatapur and Bhoopalapatnam in Chhattisgarh. According to sources, around 60 Maoists, 20 of them armed, from the neighbouring state entered the district, poured kerosene over the vehicles, and set them ablaze. The contractor suffered a loss of Rs 50 lakh.

A case has been registered at Venkatapur police station against those involved in the offence and investigation is in progress, Venkatapur circle inspector of police KRK Prasada Rao has said.

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