A group of rebels set ablaze the battery room, and other equipment at the cell phone tower near Kalia Atala village, over 600 km from here, Inspector-in-Charge AK Mohapatra said.

The tower - located on the outskirts of the village - belongs to Bharti Airtel Ltd, Mohapatra said.

The rebels had torched its battery room and equipment in a similar way in 2009 and 2011.  Koraput district is considered a Maoist stronghold.


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