Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Koraput remains cut off

; Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, 23 JUNE: Narayanpatna block in Koraput district continued to be cut off from the rest of the world for the ninth day today with the administration not venturing to clear the trees felled on all approach roads by suspected Maoists.
Home secretary Mr AP Padhi admitted that the block had remained disconnected but asserted: “It does not mean that Maoists have taken over Narayanpatna block”. It is a guerrilla war fare like situation and we will move in to clear the road after the 48 hour bandh call is over, he added.
Meanwhile the bandh did not have any impact in the 17 Naxal affected districts of the state today. No untoward incident was reported.
Briefing reporters on the recent communication from the center relating to naxal related hemp cultivation taking place in various parts of the country, Mr Padhi said satellite imagery and maps provided by remote sensing organizations are being used to locate and destroy the crops.Excise, forest and police officials are carrying out joint operations to destroy the crops grown mostly in remote hill track villages. The crop provides necessary resources to Naxals.

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