BHADRACHALAM: Naxalites observing the “anti-oppression week” (Jan pituri Saptah) on Monday struck terror in the industrial belt of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh, resorting to arson and large-scale destruction.
Some 22 tipper trucks of Essar Steel were burnt and a stretch of the Kirandole rail line was removed, resulting in the derailment of two engines.
About 200 naxalites belonging to the CPI(Maoist), armed with sophisticated weapons, stormed the industrial pocket at Bacheli village near Kirandole, asked the crew members to stay away and burnt the trucks meant for transporting iron-ore. The arson continued till late in the night and the loss was said to be quite extensive.
They were observing the anti-oppression week in response to the call given by the Dandakaranya special zonal committee and the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border zonal committee to protest against the Salwa Judum campaign sponsored by the Chhattisgarh government.
The Maoists had been holding meetings since a week and distributing pamphlets and publicity material in the forest villages on the Konta-Dantewada highway urging the local people to support their cause.
The Maoists contend that the rights of the tribes were at stake. They had been warning some private companies against continuing their operations.