Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Maoists blow up police stations

The Hindu

Set ablaze police vehicles in Orissa; combing operation is on

The police station at Baipariguda in Koraput district of Orissa, which was demolished by Maoists on Sunday.

Bhubaneswar: Heavily armed Maoists launched a series of attacks, blowing up two police stations and an outpost and setting ablaze police vehicles in Orissa’s Koraput district on Sunday night.

About 100 extremists, including women, attacked two police stations at Baipariguda and Machhkund and a police outpost at Ramgiri in Koraput district, about 530 km from here.

No casualties have been reported.

“A combing operation is on to flush out the ultras. The Superintendent of Police (SP) and Range DIG have reached the spot,” Chief Minister Navin Patnaik said.

The ultras, opposing the setting up of a battalion of the anti-naxal force, Cobra, at Sunabeda in Koraput district, caught the police personnel unawares, blowing up buildings and torching vehicles, sources said.

They first struck at the police station at Baipariguda, police said.

“The five police personnel posted there were forced to surrender at gunpoint before the ultras exploded bombs to blow up the police station building,” a policeman who witnessed the attack told PTI over phone.

“The Maoists laid siege to the area for about two hours and triggered three explosions in Baipariguda police station premises,” DIG (South-West range) Sanjeev Kumar Panda said.

They then blew up the outpost at Ramgiri, about 30 km from Baipariguda, after driving out two police personnel present. -- PTI

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