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Maoists torch mobile phone tower equipment


Bhubaneswar, Jan 1 :

Maoists on Tuesday night torched the battery room and other equipment at a mobile phone tower in Koraput district, police said today.

A group of rebels set ablaze the battery room, and other equipment at the cell phone tower at Kalia Atala village near Boipariguda, Inspector-in-Charge A.K. Mohapatra told IANS.

The tower – located on the outskirts of the village – belongs to Bharti Airtel Ltd., Mohapatra said.

The rebels had torched its battery room and equipment in a similar way in 2009 and 2011.

Koraput district is considered a Maoist stronghold.

(With inputs from IANS)