After derailing the Bhubaneswar -Delhi Rajdhani Express on Monday, activists of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) followed it with yet another act of plunder and destruction as they swooped down on a Government toll plaza in Bihar’s Gaya late Tuesday night, killing two persons and looting weapons in the process.
According to Gaya SP Mr. Sushil Khopde, around 200 heavily-armed rebels attacked the toll plaza at Mahapur under Amas police station last night, spraying bullets and hurling bombs.
“A private security guard, identified as Wakil Singh, was killed by the Naxals,” he said.
Police sources said that the ultras also shot dead a truck driver, one Krishna Kant, besides injuring some personnel in charge of security at the toll plaza.
Bihar DGP Mr. Neelmani revealed that in all, the Maoists looted 16 weapons, including one rifle, 12 double-barrel guns and three regular guns, besides over 100 rounds of ammunition, from the security guards of the private Magadh Security Force.
“The ultras also looted cash around Rs. 3 lakh before blowing up the toll plaza office using dynamites,” he said.
However, Mr. Neelmani said that pools of blood on the spot after a heavy exchange of fire between the Naxals and the Bihar Military Police (BMP) forces indicated that many Naxals had been injured.
“As of now, the IG (Operations) Mr. S. K. Bharadwaj, is monitoring the proceedings,” said Mr. Neelmani.