June 25, 2009 7:52:28 pm
Mobile phone and telecom towers seem to have become a major target of Maoists,who have destroyed nearly 70 such installations during the last three years in half a dozen Naxal-infested states.
In the latest attack,Maoists blew up three mobile phone towers in Koraput district of Orissa on Thursday when they struck in a big way barely hours before the visit of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to the state.
One of the communication towers at Kakiriguma,belonging to state-owned BSNL,was destroyed using landmines.
Thursdays incident came just two days after Maoists blew up a tower of a private telephone company in Gaya district of Bihar.
Concerned over frequent setback to telecommunication,hampering operations against the Naxals,the Home Ministry has offered that the towers could be located in the premises of para-military forces stationed in the troubled districts or in the campuses of police stations.
Home Ministry officials said the highest number of 20 towers were destroyed during the last three years in Chhattisgarh,where last year alone 14 mobile telephone towers of both private and government networks were attacked.
Maoists believe police informers use mobile network to tip off security forces about their movements leading to arrests of several of their leaders and encounters, a senior official said.
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