400 villagers held captive by naxals ahead of PMs visit in Chhattisgarh

Saturday, May 9, 2015,17:24 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Jagdalpur | Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh today, nearly 400 people from Marenga village under Tongpal Police Station limits were abducted by Naxals, police said.
According to villagers, some people had left the village and were about to reach the main road on their way to attend the Prime Ministers rally when more than 100 armed ultras reached the spot and abducted the villagers on gunpoint and took them towards the forest. Terror prevailed in the village following the abduction.
Meanwhile, police sources said that several villagers — who were engaged as labourers in the construction of a bridge — were abducted by Naxals last night as they are opposing the construction of a bridge. Women members and children followed them into the forests when they were abducted.
Later, Naxals released aged and women members of the families this morning. However, women members were leaving for the forests again to provide food to the abducted family members.
Thus far, police have no clue about the abducted. A police party was rushed to the place where police suspects that abducted villagers may have been taken.
Maoists blew nearly 100 railway tracks near Kamalur and Kumharsadara in Dantewara district last night. A major accident was averted, as railways did not ply any train on the route last night. Repair work is underway on the tracks.

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