Saturday, June 20, 2009

Naveen visits Koraput

KORAPUT/BHUBANESWAR, 19 JUNE: Chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik asserted that the CRPF and police had launched an intensive combing operation to track down Maoists who had triggered a land mine at Palur yesterday killing eight personnel of the Orissa Special Striking Force jawans and their driver.
"The Laxmipur sub divisional police officer has been placed under suspension and the DIG South Western Range has been directed to submit a detailed report within a week," said Mr Patnaik after conducting a review meeting at Koraput with the DGP Mr Manmohan Praharaj and other top officers of the police administration.
It is pertinent to note that yesterday BJP leaders had raised the Narayanpatna attack issue in the Assembly and said that the chief minister should visit the spot, review the situation and then make his statements in the House.
"The SDPO, Laxmipur has been suspended for disobeying standing instructions to be followed while carrying out anti-Naxalite operations,” said the Chief Minister.
Making a statement in the Assembly after his visit to Koraput today, Mr Patnaik said the road between Narayanpatna and Laxmipur was blocked by extremist elements since 15 June.
Yesterday an attempt was made to remove the obstruction from the road by sending police personnel and a jeep carrying the eight ex-servicemen inducted into OSSF moved from Narayanpatna police station. The vehicle came under land mine attack near Palur killing all the occupants, he informed.
"The next of kin of the deceased will receive an ex gratia of Rs 8 lakh each and an insurance sum of Rs 10 lakh each," he said.
The CM informed that during his visit to Koraput today, he had also reviewed the situation arising out of the demands made by the Chasi Mulia Sangha in Narayanpatna area.
A detailed action plan is being put in place in order to address the land related issues of the tribals of the area. The revenue administration has also been directed to take special steps to detect cases of unauthorised occupation of tribal land by non-tribals and settle these cases in a time-bound manner.
Long-standing issues of the tribals relating to the forest land will also be resolved after following the due process of law, said the Chief Minister.
Earlier, at Koraput, the chief minister, DGP and other senior officers paid glowing tributes to the slain policemen. A guard of honor was conducted and the bodies of the policemen were to be sent to their respective native villages.
Mr Patnaik held a three hour long discussion with the top ranking officials and issued directions for early solution to the unrest that had taken place in Koraput district, particularly in the Narayanpatna region.
Meanwhile road communication to Narayanpatna block from the district headquarters remained cut off even today. There was no untoward incident but the entire region was tense following yesterday’s deadly Maoist strike.
Meanwhile, the Opposition kicked up a storm in the Assembly today demanding discussion on yesterday’s ghastly Maoist attack at Palur in which eight jawans of OSSF and a driver were killed.
While the BJP members protested and staged a walkout, the Congress trooped into the Well raising slogans and forcing several adjournments.
Ruling BJD members and ministers tried to explain to the agitated Opposition that the chief minister has already left for Koraput and was taking stock of the situation.
But this failed to pacify the angry Opposition which charged that the government had failed to tackle the Naxal menace because it lacked the will and sincerity to do so.

While the BJP members protested and staged a walkout, the Congress trooped into the Well raising slogans and forcing several adjournments.
Ruling BJD members and ministers tried to explain to the agitated Opposition that the chief minister has already left for Koraput and was taking stock of the situation.
But this failed to pacify the angry Opposition which charged that the government had failed to tackle the Naxal menace because it lacked the will and sincerity to do so.

No comments: