Malkangiri (Orissa): Maoists blew up a
panchayat office with landmines in Malkangiri district on Thursday,
three days after setting ablaze the son of a village head in
the same district, official sources said.
A 50-strong group stormed into Niliguda under Padia
block, about 35 km from here, and triggered landmine
explosions to blow up the gram panchayat building, Padia Block
Development Officer, Subhash Singh said.
The ceiling of the two-storied building caved in and
the structure suffered extensive damage in the blast, he said
adding the same building had come under attack by ultras
during construction last year.
In the earlier attack on Sunday night, a group of
rebels physically assaulted Penta Majhi, son of a village head
at Kurab under Kalimela police station areaand burnt him to
death, a police official said today.
The family members of Penta, aged around 24 years, did
not initially lodge the complaint and hence official
information about the incident trickled out only three days
later, he said.
Investigation revealed Maoists were believed to have
asked Penta to join their outfit but he refused.
Before the two attacks, Maoists had lied low in the
district since the abduction and release of then Malkangiri
Collector R V Krishna in February, police sources said.