Daltonganj: Unidentified miscreants set ablaze three earth-movers and mining equipment at Dantuta stone quarry , barely 8km from Chhaterpur police station at Cheeru panchayat late on Wednesday.
Palamu SP Indrajeet Mahatha said locals living in the vicinity have been opposing the quarry citing risks to their lives were involved in the arson .
Barely 150 meters from the mine are villages whose residents claimed blasts at the quarry shake their houses and put their families at risk.“No hand-written leaflets were found at the site.
Police has ruled out the involvement of Maoists in the incident.
The arsonists did not raise slogans swearing allegiance to naxal outfits,” Mahatha said, quoting Chhaterpur sub-divisional police officer Shambhu K Singh.Villagers sat on a dharna on Palamu collectorate premise a few months ago claiming quarry operations will contaminate water sources, pollute the area and affect commute to villages in its proximity.
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