Landmine explosion in Koraput
Koraput: BSF personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operations escaped unhurt after a landmine exploded along a forested road at Narayanpatna in Odisha’s Koraput district. Police said today that Maoists had planted the explosive to target security men. Inspector General of Police (south-western range) Y K Jethwa said the blast was heard from Balipeta area, around 90 km from here, last evening after a team of security personnel had crossed the spot. “Few minutes after a vehicle carrying our forces passed the crime spot, the explosive went off. There is no report of any injury or casualty,” Jethwa said, adding going by preliminary report it was a blast of lesser intensity.
Centre, state favouring Vedanta, Utkal Alumina in Rayagada: Maoists
KORAPUT: The Maoists through an audio tape released on Tuesday charged both the Centre and state government of favouring Vedanta and Utkal Aluminium International Limited (UAIL) in Rayagada district by using security personnel against tribals. “Both the governments are working as agents of these two companies. The state government is trying to handover Niyamgiri hill to Vedanta for bauxite mining and torturing tribals of the area,” stated the voice in the audio tape.
The voice identified as that of Sukdev, secretary of Kashipur-Niyamgiri division of CPI (Maoist), urged the government to provide basic facilities to people living in Niyamgiri hill and withdraw security forces. “While villages situated on Niyamgiri hill are without roads, drinking water, schools and hospitals, the government instead of providing basic necessities at Niyamgiri is torturing innocent tribals. We demand stop to all police action in Niyamgiri,” the Maoist leader said in the recorded message. A few days ago, the Red rebels had put up posters at several places under Kalyansinghpur and Muniguda blocks making similar demands.