Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Second major attack in 2 months shocks Koraput

8 Jun 2009, 2323 hrs IST, Satyanarayan Pattnaik & Sandeep Mishra, TNN

KORAPUT/BHUBANESWAR: Exhibiting their strength and stepping up their offensive against securitymen, Maoists went berserk by attacking police
stations and setting fire to several vehicles in southern Orissa's Koraput district on Sunday night. In three well-co-ordinated attacks, the Red rebels blew up Boipariguda and Machkund police stations and the Ramgiri police outpost. The extremists, however, did not harm any policeman.

The attack was the second major Maoist violence in Koraput within the last two months. On April 12, hundreds of Maoists had raided the fire station and magazine room of Nalco, a central PSU, in Damanjodi mines area. Ten CISF jawans and four Maoists were killed in the gun-battle that had lasted for about 10 hours.

The latest violence is believed to have been perpetrated by the newly-formed Malkangiri Koraput Border Division of Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee, whose writ runs in the area. According to eyewitnesses, over 30 armed Maoists, including women cadre, along with about 100 local supporters, swooped down on Boipariguda, which lies at a distance of about 45 km from Koraput town bordering Malkangiri district, around 10.30 pm and took control of the block headquarters town by blocking the three main connecting road with armed guards. "Around 20 Maoists entered the police station and asked us to come out. After vacating the station they blew it up by using explosives. The Maoists triggered two landmine blasts to completely destroy the police station," said one of the four constables who along with an ASI were on duty during the Maoist mayhem.

The extremists during their 30 minutes riot set on fire two four wheelers, including the police patrol jeep, and three two-wheelers. Police said the Maoists looted a walkie-talkie set, a generator and a TV from the police station. The attackers handed over a letter to the cops in which they have opposed the proposed anti-Naxalite CoBRA battalion at Semiliguda in Koraput.

"The Special Operations Group has started combing operations to hunt down the Naxals responsible for the crime," CM Naveen Patnaik said. DGP Manmohan Praharaj said they had not analysed the attack in detail but were taking steps to fight back.

Two separate groups of Maoists blew up the Ramgiri outpost under Boipariguda police limits around 1.30 am and Machkund police station around 11 pm. Sources said rebels from Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa had participated in the attack as they were talking in Hindi, Telegu and Oriya.

"There was no casualty or injury. No arms were kept at these police stations. The Maoists have looted three seized country-made guns from Boipariguda police station, service revolver of the ASI from Ramgiri outpost and VHF set from Machkund police station," DIG (south-western range) Sanjeev Panda said. "SOG and CoBRA jawans have launched anti-Naxalite operations at the possible exit routes of the Maoists," Panda added

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