Saturday, June 20, 2009

Police officer suspended for Koraput Maoist attack

Kalinga Times Correspondent

Bhubaneswar, June 19: Odisha government on Friday ordered suspension of a senior police officer for dereliction of duty with the regard to Thursday's incident in which nine police personnel were killed in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoist in Koraput district.

“Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Laxmipur has been placed under suspension for having disobeyed standing instructions to be followed while carrying out anti-naxalite operations,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed the state Assembly.

While making a statement on the landmine blast incident, Patnaik said that the Deputy Inspector General of Police of South Eastern Range was directed to submit a detailed report on the killing of the policemen within a week.

Patnaik made a statement on the issue in the Assembly after his return from Koraput where he reviewed the situation in the aftermath of the Maoist attack.

Intensive combing operations and follow up action was underway in the area by the Central Reserve Police Force and the State police, he said.

The government had come under attack on the second consecutive day in the Assembly with the opposition parties – Congress and BJP – blaming it for the frequent Maoist attack in the state in the recent weeks.

The nine police personnel who were killed in the Thursday's landmine blast at Palur near Narayanpatna in Koraput district include an Assistant driver of the State police and eight men of the Odisha Special Striking Force, who were all ex-servicemen from different parts of the country.

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