Malkangiri: Armed Maoists destroyed
a mobile tower in Orissa`s Malkangiri district on Tuesday on the
fifth day of their PLGA week which affected normal life in
rebel infested pockets, police said.
Over 60 slogan shouting ultras including women struck
near the mobile tower of a private operator and its machine
room at Kiang under Mathili police station in the wee hours
and set it on fire pouring petrol, Malkangiri
superintendent of police Anirudha Kumar Singh said.
The mobile tower was on the only one catering to the need
of the entire area. The ultras had destroyed the same tower
Cadres from Malkangiri Dalam and Darva Dalam of
Chattishgarh are believed to have been involved in the
vandalism, Singh said.
Meanwhile, the Maoists had dug up the main road
connecting Raipur and Jagadalpur via Malkangiri disrupting
traffic on the busy route. They have also felled trees at a
few places to block the traffic.
As a result, hundreds of trucks carrying essential
commodities and other vehicles were seen stranded on either
side of the road.
Normal life was affected in areas including Kalimela,
Motu, Padia, MV 79 and Chitrakonda as shops remained closed,
vehiclular traffic were off the road and educational
institutions, banks and government offices remained closed.
Meanwhile, senior Maoist leaders from Chhattisgarh,
Andhra Pradesh assembled and unveiled a statue of their top
leader Kishenji, who was killed in West Bengal recently, at
Alampeta in Chitrakonda area.