Monday, April 13, 2009

CISF DG rushes to Orissa to take stock of situation

Published: April 13,2009

New Delhi
CISF Director General N R Das today rushed to Koraput in Orissa to take stock of the situation after a daring naxal attack on NALCO bauxite mine left eight personnel dead, making it the highest ever casualty in a single incident for the force.

Das, accompanied by senior CISF officials will assess the situation and meet senior police and state government officials with regard to yesterday's incident in which four naxals were also killed.

Besides the eight jawans killed, 13 others have been critically injured among a platoon of about 25 people stationed at the site to guard the project, official sources said.

The aim of the over 200 naxals was to loot the explosives stored at the mines. Weapons of the CISF contingent were also looted, official sources said adding that the force's outpost has been destroyed.

Additional forces of other paramilitary and police forces have been sent to the spot and a combing operation is underway, they added.

The last one week has witnessed an increase in naxal activity in a number of states including Chhattisgarh and Orissa where Somnath Madkami, a candidate belonging to Samrudha Orissa Party for Malkangiri constituency was killed.

Source: PTI

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