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Maoists strike in Dantewada, gunbattle rages

Press Trust Of India
Jul 12, 2010 at 11:24pm IST

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Dantewada: Around 50 armed Naxals on Monday night attacked a complex of state-owned National Mineral Development Corporation, which is said to house large quantities of explosives, triggering a gunbattle with CISF personnel guarding the key economic installation.

Official sources said the Naxals attacked the premises of the firm in Kirandul in the evening and an encounter is currently on with the CISF personnel.

There was, however, no immediate report of any casualty on either side.

The attack was apparently aimed at looting explosives from the NMDC complex, said the sources.

Sources said the Maoists entered the Corporation complex and burnt some vehicles. The complex is said to have large quantity of explosives used in mining.

The attack was apparently aimed at looting explosives from the NMDC complex, said the sources.

NMDC currently operates a number of mines in Bailadila hills of the district. The Kirandul mine, which is known as Bailadila-14 mine, is the first large scale open cast mechanised iron ore mine in India for which Detailed Project Report was prepared by NMDC.

The mine has the distinction of having unique down-the-hill conveyor system passing through a tunnel to transport iron ore from crushing plant to processing plant.

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