Naxals set fire to tendu leaves worth Rs 9 crore in Chhattisgarh

GARIABAND: Naxals set fire to leaving stocks worth around 9 million rupees held in a forest department property, an official said on Wednesday.

The incident took place on Tuesday night in the village of Nawamuda, located about 150 km from the state capital. Raipur , said forest division officer J R.

Tendu leaves are used to make bidis (cigarettes wrapped in leaves).

According to preliminary information, more than a dozen armed naxals, including women, arrived in the village where the forestry department has three plans to store the tendu leaves, he said.

After holding the hostage to three guards on the premises, the rebels broke into one of the gods after breaking their locks, where 1,700 sacks of tendu leaves worth Rs nine million years were saved, he said.

The ultras set fire to the entire stock, belonging to a contractor, and escaped from the place after locking the guards in a room there, Bhagat said, adding that the Godown was completely destroyed.

Upon obtaining information about the incident, the forest personnel and the police rushed to the site and informed the officers of the fire brigade.

There were still efforts to put out the flames, he added.

Naxals left a pamphlet alleging that the villagers were not receiving full payment for the collection of tendu leaves and, therefore, stocks were burned, a local police official said.

A search operation was underway to track down those involved in the incident, he added.