Friday, June 12, 2009

Malkangiri: Now out of reach, out of control?

Siba Mohanty First Published : 09 Jun 2009 03:21:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 09 Jun 2009 11:10:54 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: When Orissa Police announced that a battalion of CRPF deployed in North Orissa will be mobilised to the Southern districts which had witnessed a sudden spurt in Naxal violence, little did the top brass know the Red rebels were plotting to pour cold water on their plans.


Sunday night’s spree of attacks in Koraput, bordering Malkangiri district, was aimed just at that - isolate Southernmost part from the rest of Orissa.

Or at least make it further hard for security forces to access Malkangiri which will be under their control. Almost totally.

Now, consider this. Boipariguda, Machkund and Ramagiri do not have stable police station buildings today; the barracks at these three points too have been blown up. Any mobilisation of force from Jeypore and Koraput will be out in open without any protection in these police limits. None whatsoever.

Earlier, these police stations were not fortified but now even the buildings are gone.

The Red rebels seem to have it all planned out. They have a strong control over Malkangiri after they laid siege to Govindpalli late last year.

Govindpalli is the entry point to Malkangiri district and it is around these forests, they have base camps and cadre members present.

“They already have shown by capturing Govindpalli that they can cut off access to the district but by destroying police points in Boipariguda, Ramagiri and Machkund, they have made inroads into bordering areas of Koraput,” said reliable sources.

Geographically, the last three police establishments in Koraput before one reaches Malkngiri district are technically Boipariguda, Machkund and Ramagiri.

With these points under Red rebel control, their domination beyond Malkangiri has grown after last night’s attack.

Mathili is the first police station in Malakngiri and it comes only after Govindpalii area which has an outpost.

The simultaneous attacks mean central paramilitary forces and Special Operation Group will have to pass through these long stretch of hostile terrains to access Malkangiri district. Swiftly, the Naxals have ensured security forces will have to sweat more because their nearest safe point can only be as far as Jeypore.

If the rebels carry out any operation in Malkangiri now, they will have the upper hand in holding security forces back in these newly-dominated areas. Is Malkangiri safe? That’s the million dollar question

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