Contractor killed by Maoist during Governor's visit in Dantewada

The contractor Ganesh Naidu, also the director of the Anna & Anna group in Bastar, was engaged with the Jindal group.

Published: 05th December 2018 11:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th December 2018 11:21 PM   |  A+A-

maoist, maoist surrender,gun

Image used for representational purpose only

Express News Service

RAIPUR: The Maoists killed a contractor and torched his vehicle in the restve district of Dantewada, about 460 km south of Raipur, on Wednesday.

The incident took place when the Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, who is also holding an additional charge for the Chhattisgarh state, was on a visit to Dantewada and Jagdalpur.

The contractor Ganesh Naidu, also the director of the Anna & Anna group in Bastar, was engaged with the Jindal group to carry out the survey work on the leased-out land having prospects of iron ore deposits in the district.

"Naidu was first called by the Maoists for discussion and later brutally hacked to death after organising a jan adalat. His vehicle, a bolero jeep, was set on fire. He was carrying out the survey-related works close to Kamalur," the Dantewada police said.

Earlier many machines engaged in works of exploration of iron ores, road constructions were set ablaze and the labourers beaten up in the region by the naxalites who routinely issued threats to the workers. Naidu, a resident of Jagdalpur, was working -"on contract-" with the Jindal group for the past few years in Dantewada and Konta area of Sukma.

The security forces brought the body from the spot later in the evening. The Maoists are turning to soft targets to register their strong presence to avoid going down in the eyes of local population and create an environment of terror.

"For the Maoists the soft targets become convenient means to enable their presence felt. The soft targets cannot retaliate-", said Brigadier (retired) B K Ponwar, a jungle warfare expert told the Express. The Maoists in the past few years have been increasingly targeting heavy vehicles and machines engaged in mining activities and road construction works, that they fear would be detrimental to their existence. 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp