Maoists attack police station in Orissa, 1 abducted
Heavily-armed Maoists on Wednesday attacked a police station and a forest office setting them on fire and abducted a policeman in Orissa's Keonjhar district.
Around 80 Maoists, armed with automatic weapons, stormed into Daitari town, about 220km from here, and targeted the police station and the nearby forest office opening indiscriminate fire, police sources said.
The seven policemen, who were on duty at the police station at the time of the incident, retaliated triggering a brief exchange of fire with the Maoists, after which the badly outnumbered men in uniform fled.
Assistant Sub Inspector Umesh Chandra Marandi has gone missing after the incident and is feared to have been abducted by the Naxals, the sources said.
The Maoists ransacked the police station and the forest office, where only two employees were present at the time of the attack, before setting them ablaze, the sources said.
The incident came on the first day of the two-day strike called by Maoists across the country to protest the killing of their top leader Cherupuri Raj Kumar by the police in Andhra Pradesh's Adilabad district on July 1.