Koraput: A group of Maoists stormed a construction camp site at Lakrish under Kashipur police limits in the district on Friday night and torched nine vehicles.
Sources said around 70 Maoists, under the banner of Ghumusar, Bansadhara, Nagavalli division of Maoists, reached the construction camp, Rajesh Buildtech, at about 1.40 am and pelted stones at the camp. When some of the construction company staff came out, seven armed Maoists, including two women cadres, barged into the camp. They asked the staff to stop construction work on the 10-km stretch from Kashipur to Sunger Road which comes under the Public Works Department (PWD). The ultras also asked the staff to shut the camp and leave the area.
They torched four tractors, one JCB, water tank, roller and two 10-tyre tippers. The Maoists, however, did not harm any staff. After about two hours, they fled into a nearby forest under the cover of darkness.
In more than 10 handwritten posters found at the site, the Maoists stated that the attack was in protest against anti-Maoist operation and demanded withdrawal of armed forces from the region. Through posters, the Maoists also threatened companies like Vedanta, Hindalco and Utkal Alumina which have their units in both Rayagada and Kalahandi districts.
The ultras also demanded implementation of welfare schemes like old-age pension, distribution of ration card, and jobs for all eligible persons under MGNREGA.
They flayed the Central and State governments for acting as agents of multinational companies and preparing the blueprints for destruction of natural resources by leasing out mines to big companies.
Though the camp is located barely 10 km from both Kashipur police station and BSF camp, a team of Kashipur police, led by IIC Bhimsen Nayak, reached the spot only on Saturday afternoon and started investigation.
Rayagada SP K Siba Subramani, who also reached the spot, said combing operation has been intensified on border areas of Kashipur, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Kalahandi.