Six tribals arrested for attacking police
At least six tribals were arrested for allegedly attacking a police team when they raided an unauthorised cock-fight venue at Sialimal
Malkangiri (Odisha): At least six tribals were arrested for allegedly attacking a police team when they raided an unauthorised cock-fight venue at Sialimal in Malkangiri district, police said today.
The police team conducted a raid on the venue when they were attacked by angry villagers injuring at least five of the cops yesterday.
Cases under various sections of IPC and Arms Act were registered against 34 villagers, including a Malkangiri Zilla Parishad member and youth Congress leader.
Superintendent of Police, Malkangiri, Akhileswar Singh said six persons were arrested and a manhunt was on to catch the rest.
Meanwhile, Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Pradip Majhi alleged police torture on innocent tribals and demanded a judicial probe into the incident.
Maoists halt bus, inquire about presence of policemen
After torching two buses within a week in Odisha’s Malkangiri, Maoists stopped a public bus plying in the district to check whether security personnel were travelling in the vehicle. Over 15 Maoists detained a government bus yesterday at Telrai, where they had torched a private bus on December 11.
They got into the vehicle and thoroughly checked the luggage of passengers for over 20 minutes before asking them to get down.The ultras then asked them whether any policeman was travelling in the bus and whether their food and material were being transported in the vehicle.
After they replied in the negative, the bus was allowed to proceed with a stern warning to refrain from helping the security personnel.
Plying of passenger buses into the Maoist hinterland has been severely affected after the red rebels torched a private bus at Telrai in Kalimela area on December 11 after asking its passengers to alight.They targetted the bus suspecting it for being used for movement of the police and transportation of their food and other requirements. In a similar manner, Maoists torched a bus running between Kalimena and Balimenal at Beheraguda on December 13.
The rebels attempted to set afire another government bus from Motu to Bhubaneswar at Pusiguda a few days earlier but due to the presence of mind by its driver, the vehicle was saved and no one was harmed, they said.
In the face of threat by the ultras, private bus operators have stopped plying their vehicles while the state government was shying away from taking risk causing difficulty to the people in the district, a local leader said on condition of anonymity.