Monday, June 08, 2009

Naxals lay siege to Boipariguda, blow up police station

Express News Service

First Published : 08 Jun 2009 03:01:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 08 Jun 2009 10:50:36 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: On Friday, Orissa Police had asserted that no area in South Orissa has slipped out of control. Fortyeight hours later, a band of Left wing radicals pooh-poohed the claim by storming Boipariguda town, just 22 km from Jeypore. Laying siege to the area, the Naxalites blew up the local police station and several vehicles. The policemen on duty were overpowered but not harmed.

The radicals blocked the entry to Boipariguda from Jeypore and Malkangiri by felling trees and putting up fences. No police reinforcement could reach the town.

The attack comes a day before the monsoon session of the Assembly begins on Monday. It started at about 10 pm and lasted for two hours during which there were three explosions.

Police sources said a band of about 50 armed Naxalites stormed the town and surrounded the Boipariguda police station.

Three ASIs and four newly recruited constables were present at the station during the attack.

They were overpowered and taken out of the station which was then blown up. The building sustained damage. Subsequently, an under-construction barrack was targeted by the radicals. They then proceeded to a forest range office located in the vicinity.

A Scorpio, a jeep and a motorcycle parked on the premises were also blown up by the Naxalites who fanned out in different groups across the town. A number of them are believed to be women cadres.

Luckily, the Boipariguda police station did not have any weapon storehouse and it was not fortified either which may have prompted the Naxalites to choose it as target.

There was no armed police deployment in the area. DIG of South Western Range Sanjib Panda said Special Operation Group teams are already on their way.

`The Naxals had taken the cops out before blowing up the police station. There are no reports of any injury or casualty,’ he said.

No one has been taken hostage till last reports came in.

With landmines possibly planted on the Jeypore-Boipariguda Road, security personnel were taking a cautious approach while proceeding to the spot.

The attack is believed to be the handiwork of the newly-formed Machhkund Dalam of the CPI(Maoist). It also meant that they are tantalisingly close to Jeypore which could be their next target.

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