Saturday, April 04, 2009

Maoists blow up cellphone towers in Orissa

4 Apr 2009, 1252 hrs IST, PTI

MALKANGIRI (Orissa): Maoist ultras blew up two signal towers of a mobile phone service provider in Orissa's Malkangiri district, police said on

The towers were destroyed by the ultras using explosives at Kangrukunda and MPV-22 under Kalimela police station, about 30 km from here yesterday.

Large quantities of cables kept near the structure were also set ablaze by the Maoists, they said adding that the ultras are against spread of telephone network in the region as it facilitates sharing information with the police.

The Maoists feel that telephones, including mobile ones, enable police informers to pass on information about the movement and activities of the ultras, sources said.

Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Satyabrata Bhoi said though the police were yet to receive any formal complaint about the incident, it was aware of the attack and necessary steps were being taken.

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