Naxals sets ablaze 37 vehicles and road construction machines in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, near the Telangana border, Saturday night. However, while labourers working on the road were threatened, they were not attacked, said senior police officials.
Trucks, tippers, tractors and mixing machines belonging to three private firms were damaged in the arson. An operation is on to arrest the culprits, an officer said.
Superintendent of Police (Bijapur) KL Dhruv said, “Armed Naxals simultaneously stormed three locations on the Bhopalpatnam-Bhadrakali-Tarlaguda road that leads to the state of Telangana, and torched 37 construction vehicles and machines on Saturday night.”
Senior police officials said that as the armed groups reached the construction sites at Bhopalapatnam, Bhadrakali and Tarlaguda, they threatened the labourers and told them to disperse.
“The road being built is a danger to them and would have provided connectivity to the people in these backward areas. It has been their policy to try and keep the people downtrodden and to deprive them of basic facilities,” an official said.