Gadchiroli: A day before Maoist insurgents start celebrating the annual Peoples Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week, an attack was carried out which destroyed property worth crores. Maoists on Friday (November 30) night launched an attack and torched commercial vehicles in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.
The attack took place in the district’s Halewara village which is located in the Etapalli tehsil around 200 km from the district headquarters. The site where the vehicles were torched was a road construction site and the contractor had left the vehicles there. The site lies further into a dense forest.
On Saturday (December 1) morning when the workers returned to continue with the construction work, they spotted the vehicles completely charred. They informed the police.
The Maoists torched 10 earth movers, three tractors and a tempo. Vehicles worth Rs 3 crore were torched. This could be termed as the first major attack in the Gadchiroli district after the April’s encounters when around 40 Maoist cadres were killed in two encounters. The encounters destroyed the Maoist base in the only Maoism-affected district of the state as the top leadership, including Dalam and divisional commanders, was eliminated in the encounter.
The recent change in the command in Maoist leadership is also being termed as a reason behind this attack and announcement regarding leadership again trying to regain control over the district.
Basavraju alias Nambala Keshav Rao recently replaced Ganapathy as general secretary of central committee of the banned outfit CPI Maoist.
A guerilla warfare expert, Basavraju might try reviving the Maoist stronghold in the district. Security forces including C 60 Commandos of Gadchiroli Police and CRPF commandos have aggressively started area domination exercises and regular jungle patrols to sanitise the dense forests of the district.