A project office of National Highway Authority of India in Kochi was attacked allegedly by Maoists on Thursday morning. Police have recovered pro-Maoist literature from the office premises.
According to police, the incident was reported around 9 am after the sweeper left the office. The unidentified assailants had burned office files. The incident came to light only when office staff reported for duty in the day. Some of the pamphlets recovered from the office premises have slogans in protest against development of the highways under BOT scheme.
Kochi range IG Ajith Kumar said police have been conducting a combing operation in the city based on intelligence report that Maoists may attack some offices in the city. However, we could not cover all offices, he said.
In Kerala, the opposition against NH development under BOT scheme was spearheaded by fringe Muslim and ultra Left outfits. Although mainstream parties have supported widening of the highways into 45-meter width, the government could not go ahead with land acquisition mainly due to the protest from local people and traders.