Sunday, December 02, 2007

Naxals blow up mobile tower

3 Dec 2007, 0247 hrs IST,TNN

CHANDRAPUR: In an attack to mark Peoples' Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) Week, naxalites blew up a mobile tower of a private service provider at Girola village here in the wee hours of Sunday.

Sources said around 30 naxalites belonging to the Chatgaon Dalam (group) held guard of the tower at gun point and went on destroying the tower by using detonators. Later they disappeared into the jungle.

It is a major setback to the private service provider considering the fact that they had started their operations only two years back. It is being feared that the attack will give sleepless nights to other service providers, who plan to launch their services soon. Sources in police department revealed that the naxals had targetted the mobile services tower as they felt it would be used by the security agencies to collect information.

"Through the towers the mobile service providers can easily issue alerts and tip-offs and can even tap the mobile communication quickly. So these have become the targets of the naxalites. We apprehend more attacks on such towers," police said.

Sources said that because the police is on high alert and keeps a strict vigil on the public meetings, the naxalites are searching for soft targets like mobile towers. "The naxalites celebrate PLGA Week every year to felicitate their great leaders of yesteryears. During this week they intensify their attack too," police sources said

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