Gaya: Armed group of banned Maoist outfit Communist Party of India (Maoist) blew up a mobile phone tower in Bihar’s Gaya district on Saturday.

According to the police, the tower of a private telecom firm, situated under Konch police station in Kanausi village was blasted by the Maoist activists late night on Saturday.

“Out of the 10 batteries and nine solar plates looted by them, the police have recovered all the batteries and six solar plates some distance away from the spot,” sources said.

The sources believe that the action came in response of the recent killing of top Maoist leader Molajula Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji in an encounter by the security forces in the forest of Burisole in West Midnapore district on Thursday.

The Maoist outfit has announced bandh in six states following death of the leader.

Expressing serious concerns over the reoccurrence of such activities, Superintendent of Police Vinay Kumar said “Police and security forces are carrying out joint operations to tackle such incidences in the area.”