Saturday, June 27, 2009

Maoists loot bank in Koraput district of Odisha

Kalinga Times Correspondent
Malkangiri/Bhubaneswar, June 27: Few hours after Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram left Odisha after reviewing the naxal situation, the Maoists struck in Koraput district and looted the Machchkund Branch of State Bank of India around midnight on Friday.

According to reports, the extremists beat up the bank staff and looted over six lakh rupees. They blocked the roads leading to Machchkund town and before looting the bank.

This was the second Maoist attack in Machchkund town in less than a month. The extremists had blown up the Machchkund police station on the night of June 7.

In another incident, the Maoists also made an attempt to damage the office of Essar company at Chitrakonda town in Malkangiri district.

The attempt, however, was foiled by the Central Reserve Police Force men who were on duty at the spot.

There was exchange of fire between the policemen and Maoists, but there was no casualty, police said.

The extremists had recently burnt down five vehicles of the company.

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