Maoists damaged the police outpost at remote Subarnagiri in the limits of Kotagarh police station in Kandhamal district on Wednesday night.

According to the police, no one was injured at the police outpost during the attack as no armed policemen were deployed at the remote outpost during night. It was a soft target for the Maoists who have stepped up violent activities in Kandhamal district in recent past. Following the incident, combing operation was initiated in the area to trace the culprits.

As per eyewitnesses, a group of around 40 naxalites reached the police outpost building at around midnight. They broke into it and ransacked it. They also torched the documents and furniture of the outpost. They pasted some posters at the spot. Through them the Maoists opposed construction of a building near the outpost which could be used as a barrack for security personnel in future. They threatened to kill anyone who would get involved in the construction work. They also opposed the measures of the police to build up relations with people living in remote areas through ‘Jan Sampark Sivir'.

It may be noted that in recent past Maoists are trying to increase their base in Kandhamal district through their acts of violence. On January 4, Moaists shot dead a trader of forest produce at Bhramarbari village. On November 25, the naxalites shot dead a construction contractor Manoj Sahu at a crowded market at Brahmanigaon. A landmine blast by Maoists killed five civilians including two women and a female child travelling in an ambulance near Brahmanigaon on November 27. In the past, violent acts by Maoists destroyed fragile peace in the district.

Four naxals held

PTI adds from Keonjhar:

Four Maoists, involved in several cases of crime, were arrested and a huge cache of arms and explosives seized in Keonjhar district on Thursday, according to the police. Three naxalites were nabbed during combing by CRPF jawans and State policemen from Chutung forest near Rebana-Palaspal area, while another was caught from a jungle in Telkoi area.

Six detonators, two gelatine sticks, batteries and wires, a country-made rifle, some ammunition and volumes of Maoist literature like leaflets, books and posters were seized from the them.

The arrested ultras were involved in a number of crimes.