Maoists gun down Orissa contractor, set fire to police post

February 23rd, 2009 - 11:03 am ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 23 (IANS) A group of Maoists gunned down a contractor, blew up a mobile phone tower, set fire to a police station and torched at least four vehicles in Orissa’s Malkangiri district, police said Monday.
At least 60 to 70 armed rebels attacked the house of special class contractor B.K. Swain at Govindpali village late Sunday night, dragged him from home and gunned him down, district Superintendent of Police Satyabrata Bhoi told IANS on phone.

“They also blew up his house. The rebels created havoc in the village by setting fire at least four vehicles engaged in an ongoing power project in the same village,” he said.

“They also set fire to a police outpost and blew up a tower of state-run telecom giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in the same village,” he said.

A police party has rushed to the spot and intensified combing operations in the area, he said.

The district headquarter of Malkangiri is located about 618 km from state capital Bhubaneswar; the village is 50 km from the district headquarter.

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