Maoists open fire at mining facility in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, July 12 (Calcutta Tube) Nearly 40 armed Maoists including some women, opened fire at a mining facility of India’s largest iron ore miner, NMDC Ltd, Monday night in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police said.

Maoists set ablaze a vehicle at Akash Nagar area on a hilltop at Bacheli mining facility of the NMDC. The Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) personnel fired in retaliation, a local police official told IANS over phone.

The official said no casualty or injury was reported. The gunbattle site is located some 420 km south of capital Raipur.

Maoists raided a NMDC explosive depot in February 2006 at Kirandul, an adjoining town of Bacheli, and walked away with some 20 tonnes of explosives after killing eight CISF men.

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