Thursday, June 18, 2009

'Lack of farsightedness led to Koraput attacks’

Express News Service

First Published : 18 Jun 2009 04:23:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

JEYPORE: Even as a probe into the Naxal attacks in Koraput region, including that on Boipariguda police station, is on, people allege that lack of farsightedness led to the attacks. The role of local intelligence agencies and police officials of Koraput district are under the scanner.

The attack by the Naxals -- meant to declare their supremacy in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri -- could have been averted if the police higher ups applied their vision well in advance, experts said.

According to sources, after the attack on Nalco on the hill top on April 12, there were frequent reports of preparation of Naxalites to attack other places of Koraput district and even the inputs regarding the presence of heavily armed Naxals from different places of Orissa, Chhattisgarh and AP were received from training camps of Maoists.

The grim fact that about 30 base camps were set up in Tanginiguda, Dasmantpur, Ramgiri, Majhiguda, Gorudaguda, Nagiaguda, Bodaput and Khudiguda villages in the past one month and as many as 200 locals were recruited by the ultras to strengthen their newly born Machkund dalam under Koraput-Malkangiri Maoists division were ignored by intelligence.

Even the issue of election boycott called by them in Boipariguda villages was taken lightly. Ten days before the attacks the Jeypore-Malkangiri road near Boipariguda was blocked for five days by Naxals but little did it affect the district administration and police who were yet to wake from their slumber. Sources said that even the police could not do much during the attack anticipating landmines despite the presence of 300 SOGs in Koraput. “Our policemen are well trained to counter such insurgency but it was for the head of the administration to put its men into action”, said a police officer of Koraput region.

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