Saturday, June 27, 2009

Maoists loot bank at gun point in Koraput District

By our Correspondent
Last updated: 06/27/2009 19:45:18

Koraput( Orissa) : More than 15 armed militants of the outlawed CPI (Maoists) have looted a sum of Rs 6 lakhs from the Machakunda Branch of State Bank of India in troubled KBK districts of Koraput, police said on Saturday.

The rebels forcibly entered into the Bank looted the amount at gun point and fled from the spot late night on Friday, sources said adding that they leftwing ultras also assaulted employees and guards, who were on duty.

Sources said before targeting the Bank, the rebels had blocked all connecting roads to prevent the entry of security forces.

“The rebels have looted the amount at gun point but Bank officials did not lodged any FIR in this regard till now” DIG, South-Western police range, Sanjib Panda said.

Interestingly, the loot came a few hours after Union Home Minister P Chidambaram visited the district to review the law and order situation.

The DIG further added that security forces as well as the ODRAF teams clearing roads from Narayanpatana to Laxmipur, which has been blocked by the leftwing rebels.

The rebels on Friday damaged three mobile communication towers at Kakiriguma in the district.

According to senior police officials posted in Koraput and Malkangiri districts, the rebels have passed orders in remote areas asking villagers to stop use of mobile phones or face dire consequences.

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