Demotand (Jharkhand), July 16 (ANI): Maoists stalled construction work on National Highway NH-33 in Jharkhand, posing a problem to the locals who ply on that route regularly.
On May 15, Maoists had attacked a camp of a road construction company and burnt about 30 vehicles.
Around 200 armed Maoists, including women, surrounded the road construction company's camp and forced the workers to kneel down, before burning five Miller machines, eight Hiwas (used in road construction), eight tankers, one batching plant, and destroyed other equipments.
The company was engaged in a multi-billion project of a four-lane construction on the National Highway between Hazaribagh and Ramgarh.
One and a half months have passed, and there was no improvement in the situation. Oil continues to ooze out of the tankers after the Maoists attacked it and disrupted the traffic on the National Highway-33.
"The work on NH-33 (National Highway) could have either been stalled either by the Maoists or due to any other reason, but that should not have happened. Development work should never stop. If this road was properly constructed, then we would take only two hours to reach Ranchi from Hazaribagh, instead of the three hours that we take now. And anyway, NH-33 is considered to be the lifeline of Jharkhand," said Anurag, a local.
"NH-33 is the lifeline of Jharkhand. Recently a road construction camp was attacked due to which regular traffic has been disrupted on this road. Whatever be the reason for this obstruction-either because of the Maoists, police or politicians, the development work has come to a halt and this should not happen," said Pratik Kumar, another local. (ANI)