Sunki blast: CB probe on, pre-poll atmosphere subdued in LWE zones

Bhubaneswar/Jeypore: Even as suspense continues over the involvement of Maoist organisation in Sunki landmine blast that killed nine OSAP jawans, a five-member team of State Crime Branch today reached Pottangi Police station and examined some documents as part of investigation.

The left wing extremists division of the State probe agency examined various articles seized from the blast site. Prior to the investigation into the hands of any outfits and material used for the crime, the team examined the materials seized by Pottangi police today.

“The team of Crime Branch accompanied by a forensic team has reached the police station today. The investigating officials are probing all aspects of the case. All the incriminating articles are being examined”, said VR Rao, additional SP of Koraput.

The team is scheduled to visit the spot at Mungerbhumi near Sunki on Andhra-Odisha border.

On the other hand, the entire Sunki and nearby areas are in a grip of panic post explosion. There is no sign of excitation for the panchayat election scheduled to be held on February 17. No posters and banners are found in the area. Even the candidates do not ventured out for campaigning in Maoist fear.

“Panic spread among the people after the incident. There is no election posters and banners anywhere in Sunki area on Andhra-Odisha border. No one is coming out for campaigning”, said Shyamsundar Mohanty, social activist.

Not only in Sunki area, but also the entire Maoist dominated pockets of the State are in a state of shock following rebels’ posters appealing to people to boycott the polls. Threat letters are also found in many places.