Maoists set road roller on fire in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Oct 21 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas set on fire a road roller and thrashed labourers in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district on Friday, the state police said.

According to the police, the guerrillas raided the camp office of a private company involved in road construction work at Banchatra village of Bokaro district.

The guerrillas later fled from the area.

The police said that the guerrillas probably attacked the company’s men and materials because it refused to pay up the money the Maoists demanded from it.

According to the police, the Maoists extort crores of rupees from private companies involved in road construction and other development work in the state.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state.