MV-79 village market remains closed (India)
The market at MV-79 village near here, the scene of the bloody encounter between Maoists and security personnel yesterday, remained closed today
Malkangiri, April 30: The market at MV-79 village near here, the scene of the bloody encounter between Maoists and security personnel yesterday, remained closed today.
CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel swarmed the area with policemen as the body of the CRPF havildar Dilip Chand, who was killed in the gun battle, was brought here for its onward journey to his village in Himachal Pradesh.
Chand was killed in the rebel attack while four other CRPF jawans and two civilians were injured. The securitymen, however, succeeded in gunning down two ultras, including a woman, during the combing operation that followed the exchange of fire.
It was a virtual curfew like situation as very few people were seen on the streets. Cycles and footwears were seen scattered in the market area.
The road linking Kalimela and Malkangiri was also bereft of any traffic as fear appeared to lurk everywhere.
"This has become a dangerous place to live. Such things are happening every now and then", said a resident at MV-79 shocked at the broad day light attack of the maoists on security personnel.
Securitymen retrieved a live grenade lying in the market today. Three landmines were also detected on the main road. Police officials said combing operation in the area had been continuing since yesterday.
Meanwhile, arrangements were being made to send the body of Dilip Chand to Himachal Pradesh. Chand was set to retire from service in a few months, sources said.
Von: 30.04.2007 www.thestatesman.net