Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Security forces continue to remain on tenterhooks

Express News Service

First Published : 24 Jun 2009 04:02:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

ROURKELA: Security forces manning the vulnerable pockets of Orissa-Jharkhand border in Sundargarh district continue to be on tenterhooks in the wake of the 48-hour bandh call given by the banned CPI (Maoist).

The two-day shutdown effective in Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh has been called to protest police operation at Lalgarh in West Bengal and will conclude tomorrow morning.

While no untoward incident was reported till this evening, Jharkhand-bound buses leaving Rourkela have suspended services till tomorrow morning. Train services on the busy Howrah-Mumbai route were partially hit yesterday as tracks were damaged at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. The Durg-bound South Bihar Express arrived five hours late and the Sambalpur-Howarah Ispat Express and the Puri-bound Utkal Express ran an hour behind schedule.

Giving into the diktat of the Maoists, the South Eastern Railways (SER) has decided to suspend train services for two days on the Rourkela-Barsuan-Karampada, which is the lifeline for mineral transportation from the Bonai sub-division.

On Sunday night, a small group of Maoists raided a signal cabin on the Rourkela-Barsuan route near Chandiposh station, snatched away a mobile phone of a railway personnel and snapped telephone communication.

Newly-appointed Rourkela SP Diptesh Patnaik said that no violence was reported, adding security forces including CRPF personnel are on the continuous job of combing the volatile location.

In fact, security forces manning a vast stretch of the hostile terrain seem to be on tenterhooks given the Maoists’ strategy of striking at night. All police stations (PSs) in Bonai sub-division along with Bisra and Lathikata PSs under the Rourkela police district and Birmitrapur, Raiboga and Hathibari police stations under Sundargarh police district (SPD) are reportedly on high alert.

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