Dantewada: Naxals destroy newly-built police station
Press Trust of India
Raipur: Naxals destroyed a newly constructed police station using explosives in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police said on Wednesday.
Following the incident which took place on Monday night, the state government transferred Dantewada SP Ankit Garg and posted him at police headquarters to Raipur, official sources said.
A group of 50 Naxals assembled at the police station near Geedam area and asked the labourers present there to leave. They blasted the building using huge amount of explosives, police said, adding there were no reports of any casualty.
The police station, which was completely destroyed, was recently constructed at a cost of Rs 30 lakh, but it didn’t have adequate security, they said.
Raipur, Dec 27 (IANS)
About 50 armed Maoists blew up a two-storeyed police station under-construction in Chhattisgarh’s restive Bastar region Tuesday, police said.
“Maoists stormed into the building at Geedam town, hardly 10 km from Dantewada town and set high-powered explosives and blew it up,” Dantewada Superintendent of Police Ankit Garg told IANS over the phone.
The two-storeyed structure was almost complete but was not handed over to the police. “It was a massive blast and the building was mostly blown up,” Garg said. Police have launched a massive search operation to apprehend the rebels but no arrest has been made, he added.
The building was barely one km away from the Geedam police station but policemen posted at the old building had not reached the demolished site even after three hours of the blast.
Meanwhile, reports from Bijapur district say that Maoists abducted a tribal youth and killed a village sarpanch in the Kutru area. The sarpanch was reportedly killed on charges being a police spy.
Dantewada along with Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur and Kanker districts forms a 40,000 sq km mineral-rich forested area where Maoists have been since late 1980s running a parallel administration in the interior areas.