Reds damage phone towers in Bihar

PATNA: Armed cadres of the CPI(Maoist) blew up two mobile towers under the Kutumba police station in Aurangabad district on late Tuesday evening. The rebels also beat up the guard before fleeing from the spot.

The Maoists’ action was the fallout of the 24-hour bandh call given by them in protest against the killing of their colleagues in a recent encounter with police in Rohtas district. Sources said the incident occurred around 10pm on Tuesday night when around 100 armed Maoists swooped on village Sanda under the Maoist-hit Kutumba police station of the district. Some Maoists had come in jeeps and motorcycles while others reached there on foot. They also carried petrol.

The extremists reached a mobile tower site at the village and beat up the guard, Radhe Singh, before sprinkling petrol on the tower and setting it on fire, badly damaging it. Then they reached village Sonarkhap, around 1.5km from there, and burned another tower. Later, they escaped shouting anti-government slogans. Though the nearest police station was around 10km from the site, no police personnel went to the site at night and waited till dawn to reach there. The Maoists had blown up mobile towers a number of times in the district earlier too. They destroy towers to prevent security personnel from establishing communication.

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