Monday, June 22, 2009

Two Maoists killed in Orissa

Kolkata (PTI) Two Maoists were killed in Malkangiri district in Orissa and an anti-landmine vehicle targeted in Jharkhand, while life was hit in West Bengal's West Midnapore district during the 48-hour bandh called by the outfit in five states on Monday in protest against the offensive by security forces in Lalgarh.

In Malkangiri, two Maoists were killed during an exchange of fire with the Special Operations Group, district superintendent of police Satyabrat Bhoi said.

The Naxals attempted to blow up an anti-landmine vehicle at Chakulia in East Singhbhum district but failed as only one of its tyres got deflated in the blast and no harm was caused to police personnel on patrolling duty, Inspector General of Police S.N. Pradhan told PTI in Ranchi.

In view of the bandh call, long distance buses were off the roads and and shop-owners downed their shutters in Gumla, Simdega, Garwah and Palamau districts for fear of Maoist attacks in Jharkhand, where 18 of the 24 districts are Naxal-hit.

The two-day bandh shutdown has been called by the Maoists in West Bengal, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa protesting action by security forces which stormed Lalgarh and took control of the trouble-hit area.

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