Armed Maoists on Thursday night demolished an under-construction CRPF camp on the outskirts of Basuachak hamlet under Chanan block, 30km from Lakihisarai district headquarters.
Police recovered handwritten posters in which the rebels protested the government’s attitude to suppress the voice of the underprivileged people.
Garibi, bhukmari, bhrastrachar adi sa behal hai abam. Kaya jarurat hai jagha jagha par police camp bananeka (Poverty, hunger and corruption are haunting the masses, so what is the use of opening police camps), one of the posters read.
Sources from Basuachak village said around 1am, around 24 armed rebels came to the site of the CRPF camp and demolished the under-construction structure.
Many villagers said they had heard a powerful explosion at the site and claimed that seven or eight hand pump sets were damaged and taken away by the rebels.
Rajiv Mishra, superintendent of police, Lakhisarai, however, denied that any such explosion occurred.
The rebels damaged some pillars and portions of walls of the construction site with hammers and other objects, he said.
According to him, the district administration had acquired the land for a proposed CRPF camp.
Its construction was started under the Union government’s added security related expenditure funds.
A CRPF battalion was scheduled to be deployed at the camp, but because of Bengal’s panchayat polls, it is yet to arrive, he said.
He, however, said combing operations had been initiated in the area to search for the rebels.
Expressing his concern over the incident, company commandant of the 131 Battalion of the CRPF, Sandeep Singh, stressed the need of massive combing operations to drive away the rebels.
One camp of the battalion is located at Bannubagicha, around 10km from where the incident took place. “The region is inaccessible and we have to take additional care during operations in the areas,” he said.