Chatra (Jharkhand): In a strong response to the combing operations of security agencies, the Maoists attacked Pratapgarh region of Chatra on late Sunday night and destroyed two major routes connecting 70 villages of the district. More than 500 maoists attacked a village and razed off main road at Pratapkhand block.
 
In the attack, Maoists damaged the road to a width of 15-20 feet at 10 different spots and also destroyed a bridge near Mahdaniya village, putting a halt on the entire roadway communication of the region.

Maoists used two JCB Machines to accomplish their task. Few days back, Naxalites used three JCB machines to destroy a 10 room school building in the Chatra district.

The late Sunday night incident has disconnected the seven blocks from the district headquarters. The affected Panchayats include Ghorighat, Barura, Siddiqui, Doomarvaar and Eghara. On Pratapgarh to Barurasharif route, road was damaged at three spots, two spots near Bhaguat village, five spots on Kura-Raharai main route and a small bridge near Mahdaniya. The route was the only way of communication for 40,000 people.

It may be mentioned here that local police and CRPF have been conducting combing operations in the region to minimize the possibilities of Naxal activities. Among the prominent efforts undertaken to curb the Naxal menace includes Operation Anti Naxalites, Operation Prahar, Operation Nayi Disha, Operation Prakaram and Operation Dhwaj. Recently, the CRPF has launched Operation Monsoon. However, Maoists are also giving tough time to the police by conducting such activities.

Superintendent of Police, Prabhat Kumar said, “We are preparing strategy to take action against the recent activities of Maoists. They are targeting villages to disrupt the rural development."

(JPN/Bureau)