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Posted On : 8 Sep, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Raipur 
Naxals set fire to passenger bus in Chhattisgarh; none hurt
 Naxalites torched a bus after asking the passengers travelling in it to alight in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, a senior police official said today.

No passengers was injured in the incident, he said.

Last evening, a private bus was on its way to Bareguda from Jagdalpur district headquarters when five to six rebels, dressed as civilians, stopped the vehicle in the Nalampalli forest area near Todempara village, around 450 kms from the state capital, the official told PTI.

The Naxalites asked the passengers to get down from the bus following which they set it ablaze, he said.

Security men rushed to the spot upon receiving information about the incident, the official said.

A combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers.

On May 30 this year, Naxalites had torched an empty passenger bus in Narayanpur district, opposing the construction of a road in the Abujhmaad region considered as a Maoist den.

In February, the rebels had set on fire a private passenger bus each in Bijapur and Dantewada districts during a bandh call given by them.

The police official said the agenda of the Naxalites is to keep villagers away from towns and development block headquarters.

The rebels commit offences like torching the buses to create a sense of fear among the people so that they refrain from using the local means of transport, he said.

The incidents of buses being set on fire by them were mostly reported in the areas where development works, including road construction, were underway, the official said.