Maoists attack Muzaffarpur construction firm

MUZAFFARPUR: After a lull, over dozen Maoists, armed with sophisticated weapons, attacked the camp office of Ranjit Kumar Singh’s road construction company at Raghopur village under Minapur police station of this district on Monday midnight and set afire two JCB machines, a tractor and the temporary shed of the camp office for failure of the company to pay ‘levy’ to the Naxalites. According to Minapur PS SHO Madan Kumar Singh, the invaders assaulted two employees of the company present there for the safety of the equipment and forced them to take out diesel from the vehicles.

They sprinkled the same oil on JCB machines, tractor and shed and then set them afire. All the equipment were badly damaged in the action. The Maoists also shouted slogans in favour of their party and left some leaflets on the spot on behalf of the North Bihar Western Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist), warning that all those who fail to pay ‘levy’ within stipulated time and those who ignore Maoists’ directives, would have to face similar repercussions. The proprietor of the company arrived at the site on Tuesday along with a couple of his staff members to assess the damage and the situation and stopped the road construction work between Raghopur and Nandana villages via Talimpur for an indefinite period or till he is assured of security of his staff and equipment.

He admitted that about four months back also levy was demanded with an instruction to pay it latest by Durga Puja, police sources said and claimed that the company owner had not informed the police about the demand. The Maoists had also attacked another construction site at Shitalasthan near Turki under the same police station about 10 months back for similar reasons. Although areas adjacent to Sheohar district are completely under Naxal influence, they have not retaliated after a massive combing operation launched by the police.

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