India: Maoists blast towers of private cell phone firms
Posted by n3wday on October 4, 2008
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Maoists blast towers of private cell phone firm
Patna: The CPI (Maoist) on Sunday blasted three towers of private cellular phone service operators and set ablaze a BSNL generator set in the Gaya district. Telecommunication links are the prime target of the Maoists as they help the police in providing vital clues about the movement.
While two towers of Reliance Communications at Bishunpur and Manjhaulia villages in the district were targeted just past midnight that of the Airtel was blown up at Chaugain village in Roshanganj police station. Armed Maoists set on fire a generator set at a BSNL tower at Maigra village in the far-flung Dumaria police station on Sunday afternoon. Gaya’s new Superintendent of Police R Malar Viji has rushed to the spot to supervise raids to ‘nab’ the Maoists without success.
New Delhi – At least four policemen were killed Monday in a landmine blast triggered by Maoist rebels in India’s central state of Chhattisgarh during a visit by President Pratibha Patil to the region, news reports said. The incident occurred in a forested region in the Bastar district, 350 kilometres south of state capital Raipur, when a police team was on a patrol to secure the region for the visit of the president, the NDTV network said.
Patil was visiting a waterfall in the picturesque Chitrakoot area, located some 30 kilometres away from the blast site, and later returned to Raipur, the report said.
Local police told the NDTV said the rebels blew up a jeep in a forested area, killing Central Reserve Police Force officer Diwakar Mahapatra and another policeman on the scene.
Two wounded policemen succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital.
Five injured policemen were being treated at a government-run medical facility in the region, which is considered a hotbed of Maoist revolutionaries.
Maoist, fighting for the rural poor, operate in 13 of India’s 29 states. They usually target police and government installations.
Indian Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta recently announced that six jungle warfare and counter-insurgency schools would be set up to train security personnel to ‘combat’ the people’s war.
Ranchi, Sep 29th: Maoist blew up a military ‘school building’ in Palamau district of Jharkhand, police said Monday.Around 20 to 30 rebels of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) surrounded a middle school in the Manatu block of Palamau district, around 190 km from here, late Sunday night. The building was blasted using detonators.
The ‘school building’ was used by the reactionary forces of the fascist indian state while launching a combing operation against the forces of revolution. Maoists cited that as the reason for blowing up the building.
Maoists are active in 18 of the 24 districts in Jharkhand.