Naxals torch two poclain machines, truck in Chhattisgarh

4 Apr 2017

A group of Maoists today allegedly torched two poclain machines and a truck engaged in laying water pipeline in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, police said. The incident took place near Muchnar village under Barsoor police station limits where a water pipeline is being laid, a district police official said. A group of rebels stormed at the work site and after threatening the workers to leave the place, they torched two poclain machines engaged in excavation work and a truck parked at the spot this morning, he said. "No one was injured in the incident," he added. A police team was rushed to the spot, the official said, adding a search operation was launched to nab the ultras. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Raman Singh has stressed on effective implementation of development schemes in Naxal-hit areas and said laxity on this front will not be tolerated. Singh took stock of implementation of government schemes and ongoing developing works in Bastar region during a meeting with officials in Sukma district last night. During the meeting, the chief minister stressed on effective implementation of development schemes in Naxal-hit areas so that people get benefits meant for them, an official statement said here today. Singh was in Sukma as part of his government's campaign for good governance, `Lok Suraaj Abhiyaan'. The third phase of the campaign started yesterday. "No slackness would be tolerated in implementation of schemes in these (insurgency-hit) areas," the statement quoted the chief minister as telling the officials. "It is the responsibility of the government and administration to provide better roads, electricity, potable water, irrigation and health facility to people," he said. Singh directed the officials to complete all the development works stipulated for the financial year 2017-18 in the region on time. The Bastar division consists of Naxal-hit districts like Bastar, Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Sukma and Kanker.(PTI)