Security intensified in Naxals-hit Odisha districts
Berhampur (Odisha): Security has been beefed up and combing operation intensified in Naxal-hit southern Odisha districts in view of the Naxalites deciding to observe ‘Martyr’s Week’ from Tuesday. With Odisha Maobadi Party Chief Sabyasachi Panda behind bars, the police fear influx of CPI (Naxalite) cadres from neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Andhra-Pradesh to these districts during this week. “Additional forces have been deployed in vulnerable areas of Kandhamal, Boudh, Ganjam and Gajapati,” DIG (southern range), Amitabh Thakur, said. Police have tracked movement of Chhattisgarh cadres in these areas during combing operations in the past. On Friday, eight Naxalite camps were destroyed at Pangabaju Reserve Forest along Kalahandi-Kandhamal border and huge quantities of ration, uniform and Naxal literature seized.
Meanwhile, the police found two bodies of suspected naxalites from the site of Monday’s exchange of fire between them and the
ultras at Muduguda Reserve Forest in Kandhamal district. “We have recovered two bullet-ridden bodies from the site at Muduguda reserve forest bordering Kalahandi district,” Kandhamal SP K B Singh said. “Vehicles entering the district are being checked and all police stations have been asked to keep a watch on suspicious elements,” said Singh. Security forces have been put on high alert, SP (Ganjam)Narsingh Bhol said.
Security stepped up in Bastar in view of Naxals’ ‘martyrdom week’
Security in the naxal-affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh has been intensified in the view of a call given by maoists to observe a ‘martyrdom week’ from tomorrow, police said today. No untoward incident was reported from the insurgency-hit Bastar region, spread over an area about 40,000 sq km and considered a stronghold of ultras. However, naxal pamphlets and posters, appealing to the cadres and people to observe the ‘martyrdom week’, were seen and recovered from some places in Bijapur and Sukma districts.
“Security has been beefed up in the forest interiors of all the seven districts of Bastar division – Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker – as the ultras will observe the ‘martyrdom week’ between July 28 and August 3,” a senior police official told PTI. The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) is observing the martyrs’ week in honour of its slain leaders, who have died in operations conducted by security forces. Patrolling has been intensified in the border areas neighbouring Odisha, Telangana and Maharashtra. “Naxals generally hold meetings and gatherings during this period to spread their propaganda, besides recruiting heads in their military wing and conducting training in core forests.
“However, keeping in view the situation of enhanced security forces operation they may alter their strategy, due to which security forces have be cautioned to be more vigilant,” the official said. Some Maoists pamphlets, banners and posters were recovered from Bhairamgarh and Modakpal area of Bijapur and Dornapal region of Sukma in which they have asked their cadres and people to contribute actively in observing the martyrdom week, he said. Meanwhile, railway authorities, too, have decided not to run the passenger train between Vishakhapatnam to Kirandul beyond Jagdalpur amid fears of Maoist attack in the region, forcing commuters to travel by bus from Jagdalpur to Kirandul. “The passenger train will not go beyond Jagdalpur, while a goods train will be run only during daytime,” a railway official said.
Police on alert in view of ‘Maoist Martyrs Week’
Security in the tribal sub-plan mandals of Bhadrachalam division sharing a long border with the strife-ridden areas of the neighbouring Chhattisgarh has been tightened in view of the Maoists’ ‘Martyrs Week’ slated for July 28-August 3. A large number of police personnel from Bhadrachalam division participated in the bandobust arrangements for the 12-day Godavari Pushkaralu, which concluded in the temple town of Bhadrachalam and elsewhere in the division on Saturday.
Almost all of them returned to their respective police stations on Sunday, sources said. In addition to the regular police personnel, additional forces are also being deployed in and around the vital installations such as cell phone towers in Charla, Dummugudem and Venkatapuram mandals as a safety precaution, sources added. Vigil has been stepped up in the interior areas along the border with both the Chhattisgarh and AP to prevent possible attempts by the rebels to construct makeshift memorials in the forest fringe areas in Bhadrachalam division.
Maoist to observe martyr’s week, alert in Chattisgarh
RAIPUR: Soon after Maoists disrupted goods wagon at Kaklur station in Bastar on Saturday, Maoists have announced of observing martyrs week (shaheedi saptah) from July 28 to August 3, in memory of their slain leaders. Leaving posters and banners in large numbers in villages of Bijapur, Kondagaon including NH 16, NH 30 and other neighbouring districts, ultras have asked locals to observe the week and make it a success.
Hundreds of Maoist posters found in Odisha’s Nuapada
Hundreds of Maoist posters were today found in the Bhulia Sikua villager under Khariar police limits of Nuapada district in Odisha. The Bolangir-Bargarh divisional committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) is suspected to have stuck these posters. The posters call upon the villagers to make the Martyr’s Week from July 28 till August 3 a success. Besides, it also blames and holds Bolangir SP responsible for the death of Maoist sympathizer Goutam Bag and goes on to say that police have framed false charges against arrested Maoist Nirmala.
Local Police, on the other hand, are trying to trace the origin of the poster and have provided security to the villagers, as per information provided by the SDPO of Nuapada. In another incident in the same district, local cops and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have seized guns and bullets from a house in Sialti villager under Boden police limits. While the cops managed to seize two local hand-made guns, one pistol, five bullets and other equipment used in making guns, the owner of the house escaped. Cops suspect that these guns were supposed to be used by Maoists.