Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Maoist violence marks year 2008

Deba Prasad DashFirst Published : 30 Dec 2008 10:01:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 30 Dec 2008 01:32:21 PM ISTMALKANGIRI: For Malkangiri, 2008 was a year which mostly saw Maoist-related violence. The ambush of 32 Andhra Pradesh Grey Hound commandos and a Orissa Police constable near Alampekka in Chitrakonda reservoir on June 29 was the greatest setback for both the Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. The Maoists blasted mines-protected vehicles near MV-126 under Kalimela police limits on July 16 resulting in killing of 17 SOG commandos including Police Reserve Inspector Sarat Chandra Mishra.

Earlier on May 27, the ultras dragged MV-79-based BJD leader Prabeer Mohanty at gun point from his house and later killed him in a nearby forest.

They once again showed their strength by abducting four OSAP 3rd Battalion jawans near a forest, five km from Chitrakonda on December 5 while the cops were travelling in a vehicle.

As many as 10 civilians were also killed by the Maoists on the suspicion of acting as police informers.

But in a major breakthrough, police were able to arrest 26 Maoists this year.

However, during first six months of the year, the district hit the headlines for success in several fronts. While Siba Prasad Panda and Manoranjan Khara of Malkangiri town qualified the civil service examination, K. Desiraju Acharya of Malkangiri got the first prize in a national-level painting competition organised by the Union Ministry of Forest & Environment. Dibyaprashna Tripathy of Balimela Government High School ranked fourth in the HSC examination.

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