Friday, June 05, 2009

Maoist strike paralyses Malkangiri

Debabrata Mohanty
Posted: Saturday , Jun 06, 2009 at 0243 hrs

Even as Maoists in Keonjhar district on Friday killed a contractor, suspecting him of being a police informer, the Orissa Director General of Police has claimed that the situation has not gone out of control in the Maoist hotbed of Malkangiri.

Contractor Tukuna Sahu’s body was found bearing deep gashes near a pond in Harichandanpur village of Keonjhar early on Friday. The Maoists had left a handwritten note near his body saying they had been looking for Sahu for a long time as “he was a police informer”.

Meanwhile, the Maoists seemed to be having a field day in Malkangiri with their three-day bandh call paralysing the district since Wednesday. The rebels felled hundreds of trees on both sides of the Malkangiri-Koraput road, blocking all movement of vehicles.

On Thursday afternoon, the Maoists had set ablaze five vehicles of the Essar Steel company at Ralegada under Chitrakonda police limits in Malkangiri. But DGP Manmohan Praharaj said that only a tiny part of Malkangiri was out of the state Government’s control.

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