Naxal attack in Dantewada as Modi visits Chhattisgarh
Hours before Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s arrived on his scheduled poll visit to the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, Naxal rebels targeted the industrial facility of Essar Steel in Kirandul of restive Dantewada district on Friday afternoon. The Naxalites set 17 trucks parked at the loading bay on fire around 1.45 pm and locked the drivers, conductors, and company employees before departing. Chhattisgarh is a BJP-ruled state.
The speculation is that the attack was timed on the day of Modi’s visit, to send a message. Essar has set up an eight million tonne per annum (mtpa) beneficiation plant near Kirandul to supply high-grade iron ore to its pellet plant in Visakhapatnam. The material is pumped as slurry through a 267-km pipeline, the second longest in the world, to Vizag. Naxals had earlier damaged the pipeline and the company was transporting the ore by road. The parked vehicles were waiting for loading when the around 200 armed rebels struck. They rebels did the job and then melted into adjoining forest. The spot is hardly a kilometre from the Kirandul police station.
Maoists abduct four, kill one in Bihar
Maoists killed one person after abducting him along with three other men from Dhavatand in Jamui district of Bihar, police said on Saturday. “Maoists abducted four persons and took them to a nearby forest. While three of them were released, one Ajay Koda was held back last night. We recovered his body this morning,” SP Jitendra Rana said.