Monday, April 13, 2009

19 killed in Maoist attack at NALCO mines

Kalinga Times Correspondent
Koraput, April 13: A total of 11 Central Industrial Security Force jawans and eight Maoist cadres were killed in Sunday night's incident at a bauxite mine of National Aluminium Company (NALCO).

The authorities confirmed about the death of 11 CISF men after they visited the spot where the encounter between the Maoists and security personnel continued till Monday morning.

While all bodies of the CISF men had been recovered, the bodies of four extremists were found lying on the spot. The bodies of four other naxalites were reportedly taken away by the extremists.

The administration officials claimed that said the naxals had not been able to loot the CISF armoury located near the opencast mine at Panchpatmali hills from where NALCO sources bauxite for its alumina refinery at Damanjodi, just a few km away.

The extremists, however, had taken away a truckload of explosive materials from the site.

The Maoists had also damaged a mobile phone tower and burnt down a vehicle, besides damaging the fire station.

Of the 10 injured CISF men, two with serious injuries were flown to Visakhapatnam, while the remaining jawans were admitted to a local hospital.

The NALCO workers who were taken hostage were not harmed by the Maoists.

Sunday's loot of explosives by the Maoists was not the first such incident in Odisha. The extremists had earlier looted arms and ammunition from the district armoury at Koraput district headquarters town, R. Udaygiri police station in Gajapati district and armouries of district police and police training school at Nayagarh.

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