Naxalite Squadron Raids Road Construction Site In Kanker District

Kanker District, February 19, 2023: A squadron of Naxalites have set blaze three machines engaged in road construction work in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said on Sunday.

No one was injured in the raid which took place on Saturday evening between Kamteda and Gattakal villages under Partapur police station limits, about 200 km from the State capital Raipur, Additional Superintendent of Police (Pakhanjore) Dhirendra Patel said.

The road construction work was being carried out under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojna.

According to preliminary information, a group of armed Naxalites, clad in uniform, stormed the construction site, ordered the workers to stop the work and confiscated their mobile phones, the official said.

The Naxalites then set ablaze two earth-moving machines and a mixture machine and fled, he said.

Soon after being alerted, a police team was sent to the spot, Mr. Patel said, adding a search operation was underway there to trace the Naxals responsible for the raid.

Naxalites have frequently attempted to disrupt road construction works in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division, which consists of seven districts including Kanker, by launching attacks on security forces and damaging the roads, vehicles and machines used in the work, according to police.

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