Suspected Naxalites have turned active along border areas of Jharkhand’s two districts- Gumla and Lohardaga.
This area is rich in Bauxite, a sedimentary rock with a relatively high aluminium content. It is the world's main source of aluminium and gallium.
And Hindalco Industries Ltd, an industry leader in aluminium and copper, belonging to the Aditya Birla Group, has its mining depots located in the border of Gumla, Lohardaga and Latehar districts.
It is inside Hindalco’s mining complex, Naxalites set afire at least 9 vehicles and machines engaged in mining works there, police said.
The burnt vehicles include 6 Hyva dumper, one truck, one water tanker and a pickup van. Though the police have failed to arrest any Naxal, the incident of crime took place last night.
Investigation revealed that the cause of Naxalite violence was rooted in the determination of Hindalco not to pay a ransom demanded by Naxalites.
No person was reported to be injured in the incident, which took place at around 1.30 am at Satkanwa under the Ghagra police station area in Gumla where Hindalco’s Bauxite mines.
As per eyewitnesses, 40 to 50 unidentified people, clad as civilians and a few of them armed, reached the spot and set ablaze these vehicles and machines, including trucks, poclain and earth moving machines, parked there, he said.