Maoists blow up tourism building (India)
GIRIDIH: Maoists blasted the newly-constructed 12-room Jharkhand Bhawan at Madhuban, a pilgrimage centre for Jains on Parasnath Hills of Giridih district, on Monday.
The building of the Jharkhand government's tourism department was badly damaged, though no one was injured. For, prior to the operation, the Maoists had asked some construction workers sleeping there to move out of the building.
Giridih SP M L Meena told TOI an armed squad of the CPI (Maoist) caused the blast. "Only one landmine was used," he said.
Sunita Devi and Ghanshyam Munda, who were held captive by the Maoists before they blasted the building, told TOI the Naxalites numbering 35 to 40 were wearing black uniform and were heavily armed.
"They asked us to come out of the building... When we told them we are workers of the construction company, they forcibly herded us out and held us hostage," Munda said and added that they were kept in confinement till 1am.
Police said the Maoists earlier on Monday evening tried to blast a police patrol party at Parasnath. However, the landmine was noticed in time.
The Maoists had made an abortive attempt to explode the Jharkhand Bhawan on February 27 last year also.
Von: 30.4.2008, timesofindia.indiatimes.com