On Maharashtra day, Maoists torch 3 dozen vehicles

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Maoists in Kurkheda sub-district of Gadchiroli torched at least three dozen vehicles belonging to private contractors, officials said on Wednesday.

The incident occurred early in the day when the state was preparing to celebrate its founding day, Maharashtra Divas ; while the Maoists were in the final stages of watching a week-long protest to mark the first anniversary of 40 of their comrades who were shot down by security forces on April 22 of last year.

The targeted vehicles, mostly belonged to Amar Infrastructures Ltd., and were engaged in construction works for the Purada-Yerkad sector of NH 136 near Dadapur village.

The Maoists also put up banners and posters condemning the killings of their comrades last year, before setting ablaze two JCBs, 11 tipper, diesel and petrol tankers, rollers, generator vans and two local site offices before fleeing from the spot.

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