Naxals causes barrier to development projects in Jharkhand

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 12:50 hrs

Maoists, it seems, want tribals to die in poverty.

Almost all government-sponsored development schemes in the remote areas of Jharkhand are facing a roadblock created by Naxals.

The armed guerillas are targeting local industrial and infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges and schools.

In a recent incident, the banned People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a Naxal outfit, set a mixture machine, two tractors and a motorcycle ablaze at a bridge construction site near Pathak Pagar in the Tarhassi area of Jharkhand's Palamu District.

Armed rebels attacked the site and brutally thrashed workers after the local contractor refused to pay extortion money.

"The Maoists tied the labourers and thrashed them. The attack has left them deeply scarred. They used diesel to destroy machines and tractors. They attacked us after we refused to pay them off. They looted money and departed shouting PLFI slogans," said Mumtaaj, the local contractor.

Such acts of barbarism are common in Naxal-hit Jharkhand, especially in the state's remote areas.

The labourers have stopped all construction work on roads and bridges.

The Maoists are stalling developmental projects and this will weaken their influence over the people.

The rebels have repeatedly claimed to be fighting for the rights of people, but in reality they are a major bar to peace and prosperity in Jharkhand. (ANI)

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