Around 15-20 armed Maoists swooped on the petrol pump of BJP MLA Ram Surat Rai in Ahiapur police station area, around 10-km from district headquarters, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Saurabh Kumar said, adding that the ultras took the staff hostage and set on fire an oil tanker and portion of the petrol pump.

They mercilessly beat up the petrol pump staff before vandalizing the petrol pump and setting it on fire. After plundering the petrol pump, the Maoists went to Rai's residence in Bocha police station area and opened fire besides hurling bombs, the SSP said.

The legislator from Aurai was neither at the petrol pump nor at his home during the attack. His wife and children, present at home, however, were unhurt, he added.

A case has been registered in the Ahiapur police station as well as in the Bocha police station, the SSP said.


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