BSF to step up patrolling along Orissa`s `red zone`
Bhubaneswar: Jolted by killing of four
people in three days in Maoist-hit Koraput district, Orissa
government today decided to expedite patrolling by BSF.
"BSF jawans will be asked to step up patrolling in
areas close to their camps in Koraput," Orissa Home Secretary
U N Behera told reporters in reply to a question on the role
of the CPMF in the southern districts.
While three battalions of BSF jawans were deployed in
Malkangiri, two other battalions had been put into service in
Stating that steps were being taken in accordance with
the decision of the unified command formed to guide
anti-Maoist operation, the home secretary said Orissa was
expecting a helicopter soon to track movement of rebels in
dense jungles of southern districts.
Though five BSF battalions (about 2700 personnel) were
camping in Koraput and another southern Maoist-affected
district Malkangiri for about six months, the central para
military force (CPMF) was yet to take on the rebels who had
unleashed a reign of terror in the districts killing people
branded as police informers.
CRPF personnel were also engaged in anti-Maoist
operations with the state closely monitoring the Maoist
activities in certain pockets.
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