A group of Naxals burned an empty private bus, travelling from Chhattisgarh’s Dhanora area to Orchha area, four kilometers away from a police station, in opposition against construction of roads in Jhorigaon district. The incident occurred yesterday late night. The bus was burnt after the passengers were forced to evacuate the bus by the militants. The road construction is taking place on a brisk pace under the security cover provided by the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police.
So far, 45 kilometers of a total 66 kilometers have been completed. This comes two days after a firing that took place between the Naxals and the police in where seven militants were arrested after having accepted to several other arson related incidents.
Earlier this month, the Maoists had set ablaze a tractor and other machines involved in road construction in the district. The police said that nearly 50 armed Maoists barged in the area and torched the vehicles at construction site after threatening the contractors to stop the work.