Saturday, June 27, 2009

Security force moves into Narayanpatna

Security force moves into Narayanpatna
Bhubaneswar, 26 JUNE: Security forces and Orissa police moved into Narayanpatna area of Koraput district today after clearing Laxmipur-Narayanpatna road blocked by Maoists for the past 12 days.
Official sources said the Orissa police were accompanied by CRPF, elite anti-naxalite special operation group, bomb disposal squad and others and entered Narayanpatna after the Laxmipur-Narayanpatna road was cleared of large trees felled to block it.
Personnel of the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force were engaged in the road clearing activities amidst extra care as nine security personnel were killed in a landmine blast while clearing the same road on June 18, a senior official said.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who ended his two-day visit to the state, said “This morning, the Orissa police force has moved into a major portion of the district. I hope the Narayanpatna block will be free by tonight or tomorrow morning.
“Till the last information I received, the force had moved in,” Chidambaram, who had reviewed the situation in Koraput yesterday, told newspersons here.
“The force movement was being made in a cautious manner,” said DIG, south-west range, Sanjeev Panda said, adding all the three entry-exit roads to Narayanpatna was expected to be cleared by tomorrow morning. ;PTI

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