600 BSF jawans arrive in Orissa for anti-Maoist operation

Bhubaneswar: One battalion BSF personnel arrived in Orissa's Koraput district on Thursday ahead of the special joint operation against Maoists to be launched soon, official sources said.

Though the state government is yet to decide the date of launching the operation, a senior police official said it could begin next month after arrival of five battalions of central para-military forces required for the job.

Stating that CPMF jawans would undergo familiarisation training before the proposed special operation, he said "one BSF battalion (600 personnel) has been sent to Koraput and two more are likely to reach the naxal-hit district by tomorrow".

"The BSF jawans have come for regular anti-Maoist operation. I cannot say anything regarding special operation now," Koraput SP Arun Kumar Sahu said over phone.

The force could now be deployed in the district's border areas with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in order to prevent influx of Maoists into Orissa.

The state government had demanded at least eight battalions of central para-military force in addition to five battalions already deployed for anti-Maoist operation, they said.

On special operation, a senior home department official said: "Everything depends on availability of CPMF. Our requirement is at least seven more battalions of CPMF."

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his meetings with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had told the Centre that the state had no objection in launching of anti-Maoist special operation in the state.