Suspected cadres of
the Peoples' Liberation Front of
India (PLFI), a splinter group of
the Communist Party of India-Maoist
set ablaze vehicles, including an
earthmover, two tractors, and tents
of labourers engaged in canal construction
work at Basia under Basia Police
Station area in Gumla District on
December 5, reports The Telegraph.
The repair work of the irrigation
canal between Tapkara Dam in Gumla
and Suruda village in Simdega District
is nearing completion. It is believed
that the construction company's
earthmover, tractors and tents were
set on fire after the contractor
did not pay ‘extortion cash’. "We
have identified the group involved
in the arson. The culprits will
be brought to book soon. Our raids
are in full swing," Gumla Superintendent
of Police (SP), Anshuman Kumar said.
On the same day, Police
conducted a raid in Kumari forests
under Bishunpur Thana area in Gumla
District and recovered various items
used for making Improvised Explosive
Devices (IEDs), reports The Telegraph.
During the search operation, Police
recovered around 25 pressure cookers
of different capacities, 85 lunch
boxes, large plastic and steel containers,
nylon strings used for booby traps
and other such items used for making
IEDs and laying landmine traps.
"Our boys have penetrated deep
into the forests. We will not let
them (rebels) escape so easily.
These recoveries were made after
being tipped off by local people.
This proves that local residents
are no longer willing to extend
logistic support to the rebels,"
the Gumla SP added.