Maoists torch two dozen trucks in Gaya

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Gaya: Maoists protesting the killing of a woman commander, set fire to at least 30 trucks on the wee hours of Sunday on the busy Grand Trunk road in Bihar’s Gaya diastrict.

In protest of the killing and arrest of six other alleged naxals last week in Gaya, the protesting Maoists had given a two day bandh call in the region.

The killed woman commander was carrying a Rs.15 lakh-reward on her head and among those arrested were Maoist’s Magadh range secretary Upendra Baitha alias Sanjeevan, Gaya police said.

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At least 30 vehicles were set on fire in Amas area of Gaya district causing disruption in traffic movement on the GT road.

“Acting on a tip-off that some Maoists had gathered at a place to collect Rs. 2 crores from a construction company, four companies of CRPF’s COBRA battalion rushed there and in the ensuing encounter a top level woman Maoist was killed and another injured”, said the Gaya police.

“In view of the two day bandh call by the Maoists, we’re taking all precautionary measures to thwart any untoward incident”, Manu Maharaj, Gaya police chief said.