Maoists blow up mobile tower, panchayat building

Maoists blew up a mobile tower and a panchayat building in Orissa`s Malkangiri district, police said Sunday.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2010, 21:07 PM IST

Malkangiri (Orissa): Maoists blew up a
mobile tower and a panchayat building in Orissa`s Malkangiri
district, police said Sunday.

About 50 heavily armed rebels stormed into Nilakamberu
on the outskirt of Balimela town late last night and triggered
a landmine blast destroying the mobile tower.

In another attack, the ultras blew up a panchayat
building at Chintalwada under Kalimela police station area,
about 10 kms from here, police said.

Sack loads of rice and other materials including
records stored in the panchayat building were damaged in the
blast, they said.

The ultras later disappeared into the nearby forest
raising slogans against the government and security forces.

The sound of the explosion was deafening and locals
came out of their houses in panic, sources said adding the
attack was apparently aimed at snapping telecom network to
disrupt flow of information about their activities to security
agencies.

Search operations by security personnel to nab the
rebels was delayed in view of heavy rains in the area,
officials said.

During the last one and a half months, Maoists have
blown up at least five panchayat buildings, a government
school and several mobile towers in the district.

PTI