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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Malkangiri: Maoists ultras, who were lying low following a series of setbacks at the hands of security forces recently, once again made their presence felt in the district by torching vehicles engaged in the construction of a road at Alabada village in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Malkangiri border on Wednesday.

Opposing the road construction work in the area, the Naxal guerrillas set as many as six vehicles on fire. All the vehicles were used in the road construction work under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

According to sources, a group of armed Maoists reached the spot and threatened the workers to stop work. They set trucks, tippers, tractors and water tankers parked at the temporary site on fire. Before fleeing, they put up threatening posters at various places around the area.

On being informed, the Bijapur police rushed to the spot. Suspecting ambush and planting of land mines by the Red ultras, the security personnel are moving cautiously towards the spot. While the incident has sparked panic among locals, police have intensified combing operation in the adjoining areas.

Earlier this week, two Maoists including a woman cadre had been gunned down during an exchange of fire with the Special Operations Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) personnel at ‘Swabhiman Anchal’ in the district. A huge cache of explosives and Maoist literature had been seized by the security personnel from the spot.

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