Raipur: A group of Naxals allegedly set ablaze five empty trucks in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh early on Friday, police said.
With this, Maoists have so far torched at least nine vehicles, including two passenger buses, in the last three days in separate incidents in Dantewada, police said.
The arson is being viewed as a reaction to the death 15 Naxals in an encounter with security forces in neighbouring Sukma district on August 6.
"As per the information, a group of armed Naxals reached near the office of Truck Owners' Association in Bacheli town, where several trucks were parked, in the wee hours," Dantewada Additional Superintendent of Police Gorakhnath Baghel told media.
"They threatened the truck drivers to leave the place and before fleeing from the spot, they torched five empty trucks," he added.