Maoist killed while planting landmine in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: A Maoist was killed and two were injured while planting a landmine in Malkangiri district. Though the deceased Red rebel is yet to be identified, the injured duo was taken away by their cadres, police said. "The incident took place in a forest road near Tekguda within Kalimela police limits on Wednesday evening. We, however, decided not to disclose the information for investigation purpose," said a senior police official.

"The mishap took place when extremists were planting the landmine targetting security personnel on a road that is frequently used for anti-Maoist operations. The death of a rebel has been confirmed. The rebels had brought the deceased to Kalimela hospital for treatment early on Thursday where doctors declared him brought dead," said SP (Malkangiri) Akhilesh Singh.

Singh said the rebel had gone to Kalimela hospital in a motorcycle and immediately left the place once doctors declared their companion dead. "As per our intelligence inputs the injured rebels are undergoing treatment somewhere inside the forest near Tekguda and we are keeping a watch on the developments. An operation may be planned nce we identify their exact location," he said.

Police said the exploded landmine is suspected to be a multi-mechanism one which goes off electrically (when two wires are touched manually) and also when some pressure is put on the landmine.

Meanwhile, the 24-hour bandh call given by the Maoists in protest against an alleged fake encounter in Koraput district evoked lukewarm response on Friday. The Srikakulam-Koraput division of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) had called for a bandh in the district in protest against the killing of Teli Kadranga alias Rajendra in an encounter on August 19.

Barring Maoist-hit areas like Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and Lamataput, public transport system remained unaffected across the district. While buses plied on their regular routes, shops and markets remained open. However, fearing Maoist strike government-run buses plying from Jeypore to Bhubaneswar via Laxmipur diverted their route via Andhra Pradesh.

"There had been no report of any Maoist offensive across the aistrict during the bandh call. Security arrangements have been strengthened. Though the situation is normal, we can't be complacent," said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar. While police claims Rajendra to be a Maoist leader and was killed during an exchange of fire in a forest, Maoists argues that the deceased person was not a Maoist and was deliberately killed by tthe security men by branding him as a Red rebel.


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