Friday, December 05, 2008

Naxals regrouping, cops tighten security

Express News Service
First Published : 05 Dec 2008 07:56:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 05 Dec 2008 12:53:44 PM IST

SAMBALPUR: The Sambalpur police, it looks like, is reworking on its priorities and strategies with the Naxals observing functions -- like the Maoists Saheed Week followed by the ongoing PLGA Week -- to get-together.

The Naxals who returned home in Jharkhand to indulge in farming activities, after suffering a setback, are now believed to be back to regroup and rebuild their base.

In fact, it has been a practice with the Naxals to return to their villages with the onset of monsoon as it becomes difficult to take shelter in the forest and come back only after the harvest season.

With the harvesting almost nearing an end, the police aware of their strategy, have intensified their surveillance in the pockets visited by them and routes through which they move.

With the PLGA Week going till December 9, the police are on high alert and had adopted both offensive and defensive strategies to counter any insurgent attack. Security of armoury and anti-Naxal police point had been strengthened, a coordination meeting with the CRPF has been held to thwart any attempt by the Naxals to damage life and property.

Admitting that the police have been put on alert due to PLGA Week, Sambalpur SP Sanjay Kumar said thrust is being laid on safe movement of vehicular and rail traffic as Naxals in the past have tried to disrupt them. He said besides intensifying long and short range patrolling, ambush has been laid at many places and road blocks (Naka) have been set up to check vehicles passing through the national highways 6, 42, 200 and State Highway 10 which pass through the region.

Intelligence and information are also being shared with police of Naxal-infested Sundargarh, Rourkela, Deogarh and Keonjhar police apart from Jharkhand Police to keep a tab on the movement of Naxals.

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