The banned CPI (Maoists) on Wednesday allegedly blasted the BSNL celltower at Darakonda area under GK Veedhi police station limits in Visakhapatnam.
Sources said that a group of armed Maoists, including militia members, moved into the Darakonda area and blasted the equipment of celltower and fled from the spot. The police are suspecting that the Maoist blasted the celltower to disturb the communication system. GK Veedhi is considered to be a Maoist hot bed.
Sources said that the incident took place between 9.30 p.m. and 9.45 p.m. and now the mobile phones in the area are down.
A senior police officer said that the matter has been informed to the BSNL authorities and a technical team of the BSNL would visit the spot to ascertain the damage and to take up restoration of the network.
However, the locals in the area are in the grip of fear citing that the Maoist activities have increased in the region and they are also targeting some local by branding them as police informers.
Police on alert
It may be recalled that the police are on alert, as the first anniversary of the Ramgarh exchange of fire is drawing close. The EOF took place on October 24 last year at Ramgarh in the cut-off area of Andhra Odisha Border and about 30 Maoists including top leaders were killed by the Greyhounds in one single operation.