Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Apr 6:
A team of policemen escaped narrowly in a landmine blast near MV-31 village of Kalimela block in Odisha’s Malkangiri district this morning.
The blast, however, killed two cows who were grazing close to the spot.
According to reports, Maoists had put up posters on the main road at Gamphakunda Chhak in the early morning hours urging the people to boycott the ensuing elections.
Following information, a team of police from Kalimela police station rushed to the spot and removed the posters from the road.
While they were removing another poster from the road near MV-31 village, a landmine, planted near the road, suddenly went off killing two cows on the spot but spared the police team who were at a distance.
In the posters, the Maoist have asked the Odisha government to stop Operation Green Hunt and demanded withdrawal of BSF forces from the district. They have also asked the Special Police Officers (SPOs) to quit their job.
Besides, the left wing ultras have also called on the youths of the district to join in large numbers on the occasion of PLGA Week.
In other posters, the red rebels have asked Era Madhi and Deba Madhi-chowkidars of Kabasiguda village- to quit their job failing which they would be killed after a trial in the Praja Court.
The Maoists had earlier asked the people of MV-126, Telerai, Bhejengwada, Badigeta, Tekaguda, Mahupadar and Salimi villages to boycott the elections.
Following the incident, security personnel have begun a combing operation in the area.
Vehicular traffic between Malkangiri and Kalimela came to a standstill following the incident.
These incidents have once again raised concern over the security measures adopted in the district- especially in and around the sensitive booths in the interior pockets- for the first phase polls on April 10.