Friday, June 19, 2009

Chidambaram likely to visit Orissa soon: sources

Published: June 19,2009

With Orissa witnessing a series of Maoist attacks within a span of 10 days, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is likely to visit the state shortly to review the security scenario, official sources said today.

Chidambaram, who had expressed his desire to visit the state after a series of attacks by Maoists in Koraput district on June 7 night, was asked to defer his visit in view of the rath yatra (car festival) of the Lord Jagannath on June 24.

As a large number of police personnel would be deployed in Puri for smooth conduct of the annual festival, Chidambaram was told to visit the state after June 24 or in the first week of July, sources in the state Home department said.

However, events like killing of a sub-inspector (SI) of police in Sambalpur district in an encounter on June 15 and today's landmine attack claiming lives of nine securitymen, created a situation for Chidambaram's visit, sources said.

Chidambaram, during his last visit just before the elections, had suggested the Orissa government to adopt"clear and hold" policy in order to get rid of Maoists. The Union Home Minister had also cautioned the police that their duty was not over simply after flushing out the ultras from a particular area.

"We have to hold the area and make it Maoist free," Chidambaram had told the Orissa Director General of Police.

Source: PTI

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