Friday, June 26, 2009

Land identified for Army base

Express News Service First Published : 26 Jun 2009 12:08:41 PM ISTLast Updated :

BHUBANESWAR: Land has been identified near Amarda in Mayurbhanj district for establishment of the Army base in the State.

General-officer-commanding (GOC), central command, J.K. Mohanty met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here at the Secretariat today to discuss the issue.

Mohanty told mediapersons that it is now for the State Government to acquire the land and hand it over for establishment of the base.

The Centre recently informed the State Government that it had decided in principle to establish an Army base in the State and requested it to provide the required land. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had assured the Centre that it will extend all cooperation including provision of land for this purpose.

Asked whether there is any possibility of Army to be engaged to flush out the Left wing ultras w h o s e a c t i v i t i e s h a v e increased manifold in the State during the last two months, Mohanty said the Army is prepared if the Government makes a request for it.

Mohanty, however, maintained that law and order is a state subject and it is for the Government to decide.

He said that the Army is helping the Government in the fight against extremists by providing training to personnel of State police, special operation group (SOG) and COBRA.

He appreciated the formation of the special striking force, comprising ex-servicemen, by the Government to fight the Naxalites.

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