Maoists torched machinery and vehicles of a road construction company in Giridih district, police said Sunday.

About a dozen armed rebels poured petrol on nine earth cutting machinery and tractors of the company near Dawatand village of the district on Saturday night, Superintendent of Police A. V. Homkar told reporters here.

The SP suspected that refusal of extortion could be the reason behind the destruction of property by the Maoists.

The company engaged in road construction in Giridih district had lost three machines when the ultras torched them three years ago.

Chief Minister Arjun Munda, during his recent visit to Giridih to inspect conditions of road, had warned that action would be taken if road conditions were not improved in the area.

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