Mobile towers set ablaze by Maoists on the first day of bandh

Berhampur (Odisha), Jan 4 (PTI) Maoists set ablaze at least three mobile towers at Baragada area in Ganjam district of Odisha on the first day of the two-day state-wide bandh called by them. Armed rebels stormed into Goudagotha and Baroda villages in Maoist infested Ganjam-Kandhamal-Gajapati border and set afire mobile towers of BSNL and a private company in the early hours, police said. The left-wing ultras also pasted posters asking people to make the bandh a success and to protest anti-naxal operation. This was the second major incident of the Maoists in the district in the last 20 days. The ultras had blown up fivem mobile towers of private cellular operators at Asurabandha (3) and Gajalabadi (2) on December 16, they said. A senior police officer said the ultras did not blow up the towers by using explosives this time. They burnt the cables by using husk and kerosene. Meanwhile, normal life in the part of Kandhamal district was affected due the bandh of the Maoist. While the vehicles were off the roads in several places in Ganjam and Kandhamal districts, shops and business establishments downed their shutters in Daringibadi, Bramhanigaon and Kotagarh areas in Kandhamal district. The shutdown has been called in protest against killing of top Maoist leader Kishenji.

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