Sabotage

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Sabotage

The willful destruction or impairment of, or defective production of, war material or national defense material, or harm to war premises or war utilities. During a labor dispute, the willful and malicious destruction of an employer's property or interference with his normal operations.

The objective of sabotage is to halt all production, rather than to destroy or imperil human life. The original act of sabotage is thought to have occurred not long after the introduction of machinery when someone slipped a workman's wooden shoe, called a sabot, into a loom in order to stop production. Sabotage is a crime.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Accused namely Surat Khan Mari was detained from the Marri Camp, on the outskirts of the city, CCPO said adding that accused of banned outfit during the investigation revealed that he perpetuated several saboteurs acts including attack on ATC Judge, bomb blast outside the Fire Brigade office in Quetta, an explosion targeting vehicle of police on Mastung Road and attack on FC vehicle on Hazar Ganji Link Road.
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