Blackout in Bastar as Maoists damage electricity poles

June 4th, 2008 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, June 4 (IANS) Over four dozen forested villages of Chhattisgarh’s southern Bastar region plunged into darkness Tuesday night after Maoist guerrillas pulled down electricity poles. Power supply has been cut off to at least 50 villages of Narayanpur district since Tuesday night as Maoist rebels brought down 14 poles of 11 KV main power supply lines.

“The police presence has been boosted in and around government installations located in villages where there is a blackout. Patrolling has been intensified with police and para-military troopers being put on high alert,” Pawan Deo, deputy inspector general, Kanker range - that includes Narayanpur district, told IANS.

Last week, the insurgents had snapped power supply to about 280 forested villages in Bastar region’s Kanker district by blowing up electricity poles.

In May last year, rebels repeatedly attacked power infrastructure that kept Narayanpur, Bijapur, Dantewada, Bastar and Kanker in darkness for over a week.

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