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Naxals set passenger bus on fire in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district

No passengers were injured in the incident

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

#Visuals Group of 10-15 Naxals torched a passenger bus in Bijapur's Todempara, yesterday. No passengers injured. Photo: ANI
#Visuals Group of 10-15 Naxals torched a passenger bus in Bijapur's Todempara, yesterday. No passengers injured. Photo: ANI

Naxalites torched a after asking the passengers travelling in it to alighting Chhattisgarh's district, a senior police official said on Friday.

No passengers were injured in the incident, he said.


Last evening, a private was on its way to Bareguda from Jagdalpur district headquarters when five to six rebels, dressed as civilians, stopped the vehicle in the Nalampalli forest area near Todempara village, around 450 kms from the state capital, the official told PTI.

The Naxalites asked the passengers to get down from the following which they set it ablaze, he said.

men rushed to the spot upon receiving information about the incident, the official said.

A combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers.

On May 30 this year, Naxalites had torched an empty passenger in Narayanpur district, opposing the construction of a road in the Abujhmaad region - considered as a den.

In February, the rebels had set on a private passenger each in and Dantewada districts during a bandh call given by them.

The police official said the agenda of the Naxalites is to keep villagers away from towns and development block headquarters.

The rebels commit offences like torching the buses to create a sense of fear among the people so that they refrain from using the local means of transport, he said.

The incidents of buses being set on by them were mostly reported in the areas where development works, including road construction, were underway, the official said.

First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 12:36 IST
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