Monday, April 13, 2009

Over 100 Nalco officers trapped in Naxal attack

Siba MohantyFirst Published : 13 Apr 2009 05:36:00 AM ISTLast Updated : BHUBANESWAR: With barely three days to go for the first phase polls in Orissa, Left wing extremists on Sunday night mounted a daring attack on the National Aluminium Company (Nalco)-owned explosive depot atop Damanjodi hill of Koraput in a bid to seize control of the unit guarded by the CISF.


Over 100 employees of the aluminium major were stated to be trapped at the unit situated at a distance of 17 km from Damanjodi town.

Preliminary reports said an about 100 Naxalites attacked the magazine where a large quantity of explosives, meant for quarrying, are stored. The extremists were engaged in a fierce fight with a 22-man CISF unit. According to unconfirmed reports, two security personnel have died in the fight.

Sources said, the CISF unit is unlikely to hold fort for long with little reinforcement reaching them. Since the attack was launched around 9 pm, access to the police and Special Operation Group team was difficult.

Sources said the steep slope of the hill was such that it was extremely unfavourable for reinforcement teams to proceed in the dark because of possibilities of ambush.

Till last reports came in, the CISF unit was retaliating and two of their members, including an Inspector and a jawan, were believed to have been grievously hurt in the gun battle. “We cannot confirm yet but they may have been killed,” sources said.

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