PATNA:Armed Maoists torched three JCB machines of a private construction firm at Bahadurpur village under Rafiganj police station in Aurangabad district late on Sunday night.
Sources said, around 50 heavily armed persons belonging to CPI (Maoist) raided the office of the private construction firm, Shakti Constructions, and burnt three JCB machines (earth movers engaged in road construction in the area. The Maoists also beat up the munshi (clerk) of the firm before setting the machines on fire. The said firm is owned by one Rajkumar Singh, the police said. The damage is estimated to be around Rs 1 crore, the police added.
The incident seems to be fallout of the firm refusing to meet the Maoists’ demand of levy, the police said, adding that the extremists also left behind leaflets directing the firm to employ local labourers and stop using foreign-made machines.
Raids were on to nab the ultras, the police said.