//Maoists attack vital installations

Maoists attack vital installations

Raipur: Maoists on Saturday attacked important installations in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, including that of Railways, the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) and private steel company ESSAR, to ensure that work is stalled during their two-day bandh beginning on Sunday.

"Maoists attacked NMDC, Railways and ESSAR and left pamphlets saying it was done so that these institutions will not function on Sunday and Monday during the two-day Dandakaranya bandh call of the naxalites," Dantewada police sources told PTI by phone.

The naxalites damaged a drilling machine of the NMDC in the Akashnagar area of Dantewada district, about 450 km from the State capital, the sources said.

In another incident the Maoists removed a steel plate that joins two railway tracks, causing derailment of seven wagons of an iron ore-laden goods train, the sources said. The incident took place between the Kamlur and Bhansi stations.

They also attacked the security guards of ESSAR steels in its iron ore plant in the Kirandul area, the police said.

Oppose `Salwa Judum'

Maoists gave a two-day Chhattisgarh bandh call from Sunday, opposing the `Salwa Judum' (peace campaign against the naxalites) and a special act of the State against the ultras.

The outlawed outfit claimed that after the Salwa Judum was started in June last over 200 "innocent villagers" were killed in Dantewada district alone. — PTI