Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Maoists damage two mobile towers in Malkangiri

By Ratnakar Dash
Malkangiri, July 28: Hours before starting the observation of martyrs' week, the Maoists damaged two mobile phone towers in this backward district of Odisha on Monday night.

The naxals have damaged the mobile towers at Tondapali and Padmagiri around midnight, police said on Tuesday morning.

The tower at Tondapali belonged to Airtel and the one at Padmagiri belonged to Reliance Communications.

Although the Maoists have not called for a bandh during the martyrs' week, normal life has been affected in the Maoist-infested interior areas with little movement of passenger vehicles.

The Maoists have put up banners and posters in many areas of the district urging people to join hands with them and oppose police action.

The extremists have erected about 60 martyrs' pillars in the areas where they have a strong presence. The maximum of about 15 pillars have been constructed in Chitrakonda area.

The naxals have been targeting mobile phone towers in the district since long. They had damaged such towers at Kalimela, Poteru, Padia, MV-79 and Gobindpali areas in the past.

The security forces have been put on high alert in Malkangiri to prevent any major attacks during the week.

Similar measures have also been taken by the police in the districts of Koraput, Rayagada and Gajapati districts where the naxalites were observing martyrs' week starting from Tuesday morning.

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