Patna: Protesting the killing of their supporters in alleged fake police encounter, Maoists on Tuesday enforced a 24-hour strike, setting ablaze 10 vehicles and blasting two mobile phone towers in Bihar's Gaya district, police said.

Police officials in Gaya said that armed Maoists forcibly stopped eight trucks and two buses and set them on fire near the Bihar-Jharkhand border in the Barachatti police station area.

According to police officers, the drivers and cleaners were dragged out before the vehicles were torched. It was also reported that Maoists shot and injured a driver, who was later admitted to hospital.

In another incident, a group of Maoist rebels blasted two mobile phone towers in Dumaria in Gaya, about 100 km from here.

Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Rajvardhan Sharma said that the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) called for the shutdown in Magadh division which comprises Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, Jahanabad and Arwal districts.

The ongoing strike is to protest the killing of villagers Karu Singh Bhokta and Sudama Bhuyian in alleged fake encounters.

(Agencies)