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5 homeguards resign fearing Maoist attacks

Koraput: Five homeguards of Machkund police station in Koraput station resigned on Saturday fearing Maoist attacks. This comes less than 48 hours after the gunning down of a homeguard in the district by Maoists at Onkadeli haat, about 85 km from here during daylight hours.

The homeguards tendered their resignation to the inspector in-charge of Machkund police station during the day. "There is no security and we don`t want to continue. The Maoists may target us at any moment. So, we don`t wish to continue in our posts. It`s better to resign from the job and to look for some other alternative," said one of the homeguards after putting in his papers.

IIC Machkund, D J Barik confirmed the resignations and said "We have informed our higher ups about the matter for necessary action." A few months ago Maoists had put up posters at various places in the district asking homeguards to quit their jobs as they were suspected to act as police informers.

In another incident, traffic was hit between Orissa and Andhra Pradesh when Maoists put up road blockades at Almonda, about 100 km from here, by felling trees on Saturday. Maoist posters near the blockade site have demanded the withdrawal of para-military forces from the area and observance of protest week from July 4-10.

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