Maoists planned to sabotage Kalaikunda airstrip

Midnapore: Maoists had plans to sabotage the Kalaikunda airstrip of Indian Air Force to take "revenge" of the killing of their leader Kishenji, police said on Saturday.

Additional Superintendent of Police (HQs) Kalyan Mukherjee said during intensive interrogation of six Maoist linkmen, detained from Midnapore and nearby areas on the basis of a statement of a detained sympathiser, the conspiracy to sabotage the airstrip came to light.

Blueprint of the plot was prepared by top Maoist leadership to "take revenge of the killing of Kishenji", Mukherjee said.

The Maoist sympathiser was detained from Indravati jungle, near here, 12 days ago. On the basis of his statement, police detained six other Maoists who "confessed about the conspiracy to sabotage" the airstrip, he said, adding "a map of the airstrip was seized from them", he said.

Meanwhile, security in and around the Kalaikunda airstrip was increased four times with deployment of more paramilitary forces and sniffer dogs, he said. Midnapore district administration held a high-level meeting to review the situation.