Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Maoists attack police outpost in Orissa

Malkangiri (PTI): In a Maoists attack, the extremists virtually razed a police outpost and a government building to the ground at Malkangiri district in the wee hours on Wednesday, police sources said.

Around 100 armed Naxals attacked the police outpost and a nearby rest house at Padia, about 70 km from here, nearly razed the two buildings to the ground using machinery they had forcibly taken from a road construction site, the sources said.

According to the sources, at around 1 am the rebels woke up the bulldozer operator at the construction site and forced him at gunpoint to use the machine to bring down the buildings.

They also set ablaze the battery room of a BSNL tower and beat up the watchman and another person when they protested, the sources said.

Malkangiri SP Satyabrata Bhoi has confirmed the incident.

After destroying the building, the ultras put up posters in the area asking people to boycott the ensuing polls. They also warned that those campaigning and taking part in the elections would be punished, the sources said.

Additional security force had been deployed in the area and combing operation launched to track down the attackers, police said.

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