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Incessant rains hamper anti-Maoist operations in Odisha

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:02

Koraput: Incessant rains have hit anti-Maoist operations in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts of Odisha, with security personnel finding it difficult to move in the forests with overflowing rivers, inundated tracks and thick undergrowth.

Inspector General of Police (south-Western range), Y K Jethwa said, "Our regular anti-Maoist operations have been hit. We are now relying on only intelligence inputs."

Though operations were affected due to the rain, the IGP said security forces were on high alert in view of the `Martyrs Week` slated to be observed by Maoists from July 28 to August 3.
"At present, the situation is under control but we can`t be complacent. Extra vigil is being kept in bordering area to prevent possible influx of Maoists from Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to Odisha for the Martyrs Week," the IG said.

"The Maoist affected areas of Narayanpatna in Koraput, Kalimela in Malkangiri and Chandrapur and Gudari in Rayagada districts are under thick security blanket," he said.

He also said the arrest of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda will not have any impact on their operations.
"Maoists from Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh dominate these districts. Sabyasachi had some influence in certain parts of Rayagada district, but in past few years his dominance had become negligible," he said.

"Our operations are more focused on restricting movement of Maoist leaders and stopping them from entering Odisha," he said.

First Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:02
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