Maoists target hydel power unit in Orissa, school in Bihar

Last Updated: Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 12:01

Malkangiri/Aurangabad: Armed Maoists attacked
a hydel power unit at Ballimela in Malkangiri district,
paralysing energy generation at the plant, police said on Sunday.

Over 20 heavily armed ultras attacked the unit run by
Orissa Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC), about 60 km from Malkangiri,
set afire some portions of the plant and overpowered those on
duty last night, Superintendent of Police Satyabrata Bhoi
said.

After tying about six persons to a structure outside the
power house, the Maoists ransacked the valve house atop a hill
and set fire to equipment, causing extensive damage to some
machines, Bhoi said.

In a simultaneous attack, the ultras also damaged the
intake tunnel through which water was flowing inside,
crippling power generation at the unit, he said.

The red rebels put up several posters and banners
carrying messages against the government and police before
disappearing into the nearby dense forest, the police said.

Local residents said that the Maoists triggered
explosions damaging machines and some vital structures in the
power house.

Additional security forces were rushed to the
site and a massive combing operation was launched to track the
ultras, they said.

Senior engineers and experts have rushed to the plant to
take steps for resumption of power generation, official
sources said, adding that the project with a total capacity of
510 mw, was generating about 360 mw at present in view of low
water level.

Armed Maoists last night also
blasted a state-run school building at Karma village in
Bihar`s Aurangabad district, police sources said.

Around 50 ultras surrounded the vacant school building,
planted dynamites and blew it up, sources said.

No harm was caused to anybody.

Combing operation has been launched in the area to
apprehend the Naxalites.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 12:01

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