Maoists blast in tourist destination Chitrakot

Monday, February 7, 2011

RAIPUR - Maoists in Chhattisgarh blew up an under-construction police outpost at the tourist location of Chitrakot, blocked a national highway and disrupted life in the interiors of Bastar region to enforce a daylong shutdown Monday.

“Several armed rebels, mainly women insurgents, blew up an under-construction police outpost through improved explosive devices in early hours at Chitrakot in Bastar district, two of the rooms were damaged heavily,” T.J. Longkumer, Bastar’s inspector general of police, told IANS.

The first ever attack by Maoists at Chitrakot, some 340 km south from capital Raipur in Bastar district, created panic at the site known for its spectacular waterfall where the Indravati river takes a 100-foot plunge.

Reports coming in from other areas say Maoists have disrupted life in the interiors of their stronghold in 40,000 sq km Bastar that is made up of Narayanpur, Kanker, Bastar, Bijapur and Dantewada districts, placing heavy wooden logs on roads.

The National Highway No. 16 that connects the rest of the state to Bijapur district was blocked since early morning by rebels. Buses were also off the road in the interiors of Bastar region besides in the state’s Rajnandgaon district and in some pockets of Raipur, Dhamtari and Mahasamund districts.

The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has called a shutdown in many states to protest the rising prices of essential commodities and corruption.

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