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Maoists target cellphone tower

Staff Reporter

— PHOTO: G. N. RAO

UNCALLED FOR:The battery room of the BSNL cellphone tower that was blasted by Maoists at Bandirevu village in Khammam district late on Friday midnight.

KHAMMAM: A group of 30 armed Maoists blasted the battery room of a BSNL cellphone tower at Bandirevu village in Dummugudem mandal in the district just past midnight on Friday night.

The extremists triggered the blast on the first day of the 48-hour ‘Dandakaranya bandh' called by the CPI (Maoist) in protest against the recent ‘police excesses' in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district and the alleged repression unleashed by the security forces in ‘Dandakaranya'.

Vital equipment in the battery room, including panel boards was damaged in the blast. The Maoists left behind pamphlets denouncing ‘Operation Green Hunt'.

The cellular phone services of the BSNL were disrupted in Bandirevu and several other neighbouring villages close to inter-State borders following the incident.

In another incident, naxalites felled trees on the main road between Satyanarayanapuram and Kaliveru villages in Charla mandal on Friday night.

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