Over two dozen heavily armed Maoists attacked Rani Bazar area under Kauakol police station in Bihar’s Nawada district on Saturday evening and thrashed several villagers. They also torched two tractors and a motorcycle before retreating.
Rani Bazar is a market catering to rural area around Kauakol, and the Maoists who led the attack claimed that it was part of ‘resistance day’ being observed by them.
Nawada Superintendent of Police (SP) Parvez Akhtar said the group of Maoists also fired several rounds in the air during their raid.
“The aim of the Maoists was to lure police personnel to the place by indulging in beating innocent people and torching vehicles, and then attack them. They did not succeed as heavy reinforcements were sent to the place after learning about the incident,” Akhtar said.
The SP added that the Bihar Police and CRPF have launched a massive combing operation in the area, as well as, hills and forest in the neighbourhood to flush out the Left Wing Extremists.