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Maoists set vehicles ablaze, kill contractor in CG

Raipur: Maoists today set on fire four vehicles and machines engaged in road construction work in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, a police official said.

The contractor was also abducted and killed by the red rebels, he said.

The incident took place this morning between Tumnar and Koitpal villages, where the road construction work was going on under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojna, Deputy Inspector General of Police (south Bastar range) Sundarraj P told reporters.

According to preliminary information, a group of armed red rebels stormed the construction site, located around seven km from Bijapur town and about 450 km from the state capital, and threatened the labourers to stop the work, he said.

The ultras then set ablaze four vehicles and machines before fleeing the spot, he said.

The IG said that according to information reaching him, ultras also kidnapped and killed the contractor.

Security forces were sent to the spot and more details were awaited, he added.

Last week on March 14, Maoists had burnt seven vehicles and machines engaged in road construction between Bijapur and Gangaloor in the district.

A day before that, on March 13, nine personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in an IED blast, when Maoists blew up their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) in Sukma district.

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