Maoists torch tractors, dumper in West Midnapore district

Jhargram: Suspected Maoists torched two tractors and a pay loader in West Midnapore district early Thursday during a blockade called by the Naxal-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA).

Police said a group of about 15 Maoist ultras reached Asur Geria and forced drivers of the tractors and dumper to move them in the middle of the road.

The ultras then took out oil from the tractors and used the same to set them on fire. They left hand-written notes at the site demanding that man power be used instead of machines.

The tractors were being used by contractors for construction of roads, the sources said.

Transport service has been affected in several police station areas of the district following the indefinite road blockade call given by the PCPA since Monday.

The PCPA called for the blockade demanding withdrawal of joint security force and anti-Maoist operations.