Thursday, June 04, 2009

Maoists blow up iron ore pipeline in Malkangiri

Monday, June 01, 2009
Malakangiri: Rebels have blown up a pipeline which carried iron ore from Chhattisgarh to Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh at Chitrakonda in the district.

The incident came to light on Sunday after iron ore was found leaking near a joint. But the company and police are denying the incident. Sources said though the underground pipe line of Essar company runs under the ground and is not easy to target it is suspected that the Maoists might have blown it with some powerful explosives.

However, company officials, when contacted, denied that it was the handiwork of Maoists and informed that they were investigating into the cause of the leakage which might be due to some other reasons.

The Chitrakonda police station Inspector-in- Charge said they have received no complaints about such incident. The pipeline stretching over 271 km started carrying iron ore in 2007 and was opposed by the local tribals and the Maoists.

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