Dantewada: Around 50 armed
Naxals tonight attacked a complex of state-owned National
Mineral Development Corporation, which is said to house large
quantities of explosives, triggering a gunbattle with CISF
personnel guarding the key economic installation.
Official sources said the Naxals attacked the premises
of the firm in Kirandul in the evening and an encounter is
currently on with the CISF personnel.
There was, however, no immediate report of any casualty
on either side.
Sources said the Maoists entered the Corporation complex
and burnt some vehicles. The complex is said to have large
quantity of explosives used in mining.
The attack was apparently aimed at looting explosives
from the NMDC complex, said the sources.
NMDC currently operates a number of mines in Bailadila
hills of the district. The Kirandul mine, which is known as
Bailadila-14 mine, is the first large scale open cast
mechanised iron ore mine in India for which Detailed Project
Report was prepared by NMDC.
The mine has the distinction of having unique
down-the-hill conveyor system passing through a tunnel to
transport iron ore from crushing plant to processing plant.