Maoist violence takes toll on lives in Bihar
The Maoists strike after contractors fail to meet their extortion demands demonstrating that greed has replaced `isms` for the ultras.
Patna: The last six to seven years of the
Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has not seen any significant
increase in Maoist violence, which nevertheless continues to
take a toll of lives and government property.
According to figures compiled by the state police
headquarters, in 2008 the Maoists destroyed three government
buildings, blasted railway tracks at six places, besides two
private buildings, torched five JCB machines used in road
construction and 12 mobile phone towers.
In 2009, the ultras blew up 15 government schools and
nine government buildings, destroyed rail tracks at seven
places and other railway property, 17 mobile phone towers,
roads at 11 places and set fire to 29 JBC machines of private
road construction firms.
In 2010, eight government school buildings, four
government buildings and three private houses, roads at three
places and 8 mobile phone towers were destroyed and three JCB
In 2011, the ultras blew up 13 government schools,
two government buildings, five houses, railway tracks at five
places and other railway properties, besides burning 22 JCB
machines and 19 mobile phone towers, the figures reveal.
"The Maoists strike after contractors fail to meet
their extortion demands demonstrating that greed has replaced
`isms` for the ultras," officials said.