Visakhapatnam: A building of Andhra Pradesh Forest Development Corporation (APFDC) was damaged in a blast that was suspected to have been triggered by Maoists early this morning at Cherpalli village, police said on Sunday.

The incident took place in Chintapalli mandal of the district, police said, adding that computers and television sets were stolen from the building.

Police suspected that the Maoists could have damaged the building to protest against the bauxite mining activities in the agency area.

The Maoists also resorted to road blockades at Jerrela village by cutting trees, they added.

A four-member expert committee, appointed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), had recently made an aerial survey of the Jerrela bauxite mines.