Congress leader's house attacked, 2 killed: Maoist bandh

Independent Media

Maoists on Thursday attacked the house of a Congress leader in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district killing two of his relatives while they blew up rail tracks in Jharkand on the second day of their two-day bandh.

The Maoists unleashed violence during the bandh in protest against the killing of their senior leader Azad in Andhra Pradesh's Adilabad district on July 1 following up on their overnight attacks in Chattisgarh and Orissa in which one policeman was abducted in the eastern state.

The attack on the house of Avdesh Gautam in Dantewada also left two persons injured including his son.

Armed Naxalites struck at the Kuakonda police station in Dantewada district in the wee hours, drawing retaliation from the police personnel.

Police claimed that six Naxalites were killed in the gunbattle. However, their bodies were yet to be recovered.

After that they attacked the house of Gautam in nearby Nakulnar village.

In the attack, two relatives of the Congress leader were killed and two others injured, including his son and a security personnel, police said.

In Jharkhand, Maoists blew up a stretch of railway tracks under Dhanbad Rail Division early on Thursday.

Explosives were blasted on the tracks between Lichitpur and Tetulmari railway stations, railway sources said in Dhanbad.

The blast uprooted about three feet track, the sources said, adding several important trains including Rajdhani Express were detained at various stations following the damage before the services were restored around 9 am.

In Orissa, heavily-armed Maoists late last night attacked a police station and a forest office setting them on fire and abducted a policeman in Orissa's Keonjhar district.

Around 80 Maoists, armed with automatic weapons, stormed into Daitari town, about 220 km from Bhubaneswar, and targeted the police station and the nearby forest office opening indiscriminate fire, police sources said.

The seven policemen, who were on duty at the police station at the time of the incident, retaliated triggering a brief exchange of fire with the Maoists, after which the badly outnumbered men in uniform fled.

Assistant Sub Inspector, Mr Umesh Chandra Marandi, has gone missing after the incident and is feared to have been abducted by the Naxals, the sources said.

The Maoists ransacked the police station and the forest office, where only two employees were present at the time of the attack, before setting them ablaze, the sources said.

The incident came on the first day of the two-day strike called by Maoists across the country to protest the killing of their top leader Cherupuri Raj Kumar by the police

In Chhattisgarh, Naxals fired at three CRPF camps on Wednesday night, simultaneously, prompting the troops to retaliate but no casualty was reported.

The firing which started at around 2130 hours at the CRPFccamps at Narayanpur, Dantewada and Bijapur districts, went oncfor an hour, senior CRPF officials said adding, it was carriedcout by Naxalites to "provoke" the troops.

At Narayanpur, which saw an ambush by Maoists on June 29 killing 27 security personnel, Naxals fired at the 39th battalion camp of the force near Edka village.

The other two firing incidents took place at Polampalli in Dantewada and Basaguda in Bijapur districts.

"Ten rounds have been fired from both the sides and the firing took place from a distance at Narayanpur," district Superintendent of Police Rahul Bhagat said.

The Naxals fled the sites when security forces returned fire, officials said.


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