Saturday, April 18, 2009

Security forces push Maoists back to forests

Express News Service

First Published : 18 Apr 2009 10:49:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 18 Apr 2009 02:49:21 PM IST
BHUBANESWAR: After attempting to disrupt the polling process, Maoists yesterday night made a failed bid at the security forces in MV 26 village under the Kalimela Police limits of Malkangiri district. The Special Operation Group (SOG) and Border Security Force, however, pushed them back by resorting to heavy fire.
The security forces had put up at a school in MV 26 village, located about 6 km from Kalimela where the incident occurred.
After the evening, the security personnel had put up at a school when Naxals tried to engage them in firing. However, the forces resorted to retaliatory firing using launchers and mortar bombs which prompted the ultras to flee the place.
During the day, Naxals had disrupted polls at four places by snatching EVMs and torching vehicles at four booths under Chitrakonda Assembly segment.
However, compared to Chhattisgarh and Bihar, the Naxal-affected districts of Orissa witnessed peaceful polling with stray incidents of violence.
‘‘Given the profile of Naxal presence in Orissa today, poll process could be termed peaceful. There were no casualties, no bloodshed in the affected areas including Malkangiri’’, said a police officer.
However, police continue to keep a watch on the Naxals a day after election in the district. Polling parties and electronic voting machines were to be airlifted from Padia, MV 79, MV 78 and cut-off areas of Kalimela. The Indian Air Force choppers were used for flying them back to the headquarters.

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