On the day of their shutdown call in protest against President Barak Obama's India visit, Maoist on Monday blew up a school building, killed two persons and block roads in south Orissa districts of Malkangiri, Nawrangpur and Koraput, police said.
The police, on the other hand, arrested two persons in Koraput while they were allegedly supplying explosives to the Maoists. Police said about 30 armed cadres of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) raided the newly constructed residential school building for tribal students at Gomphakunda village in Malkangiri, about 600 km southwest of Bhubaneswar in the wee hours and blew it up with landmine.
No one was inside the building at the time of the blast. They left posters at the site which protested President Obama's India visit.
"It was a sheer desperation on the part of the Maoists to have blown up a newly constructed school building," Southern range DIG Soumendra Priyadarshi told the Hindustan Times. In another incident, the armed ultras killed two persons at Dimanpur in Nawrangpur district – just four kilometers from the Chhatisgarh border and about 550 km southwest of Bhubandwar. In the posters they left behind, the ultras claimed that the two were punished as they indulged in criminal activities in the area by claiming themselves as Maoists. The Maoists also felled trees on the road from Jaypore in Koraput district to Malkangiri distupting vehicular traffic completely along the route.