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Maoists blow up three Forest Range offices in Similipal

In their first major attack on a tourist spot in Orissa, Maoists blew up three forest range offices and set ablaze two vehicles in Similipal Tiger Project (STP) area in Mayurbhanj district early on Sunday, official sources said.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2009 01:21 IST

In their first major attack on a tourist spot in Orissa, Maoists blew up three forest range offices and set ablaze two vehicles in Similipal Tiger Project (STP) area in Mayurbhanj district early on Sunday, official sources said.

Using powerful explosives, the ultras virtually razed to the ground the range offices at Barahakamuda, Chahala and Dhuduruchampa located in different core areas of the forest reserve in a synchronised attack at around 1 am, Field Director of STP, N Nagaraj Reddy said.

The Maoists also tied up some tourists at Chahala and Forest personnel at Barahakamuda and Dhuduruchampa besides setting ablaze two government vehicles, he said adding that no loss of life has been reported and security force have rushed to the sites.

Chahala happens to be an important tourist place in Similipal hills with accommodation facilities for VVIPs and other visitors, while the other two places are located in areas where tourists cannot enter, sources said.

Police personnel in strength have been sent to the area where security was tightened following the attack. Police said this was the first attack by Maoists on a tourist spot like Similipal. They use a hilly route through Jhadpokhria for shuttling between areas in Jharkhand and Orissa, police added.