Friday, July 17, 2009

Orissa intensifies combing operation to nab Maoists (Lead)

July 17th, 2009 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS -

Bhubaneswar, July 17 (IANS) Police intensified combing operations to nab Maoists who shot dead a policeman and killed a paramilitary trooper in a landmine blast Friday in two separate incidents in Orissa’s Sundergarh district, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
“Reinforcements have been rushed to the area and combing operations have been intensified to track down the extremists,” Patnaik said making a statement in the assembly.

Announcing a compensation of Rs.8 lakh to the next of kin of the slain policeman Patnaik said the family will also receive Rs.10 lakh from the insurance company. He said a job would also be provided to one family member.

The next of kin of the paramilitary trooper will also receive Rs.10 lakh from the insurance company and other benefits as admissible from the central government, he said.

A group of 50 heavily armed Maoists forcibly stopped a mini truck at Champajharan village carrying explosive materials from Gulf Oil Corporation and hijacked it at gun point, Patnaik said.

The Maoists further searched other vehicles and found one police sub inspector Ajit Kumar Bardhan who was returning in a vehicle with three others after attending a court duty nearby. They kidnapped the sub inspector, Patnaik said.

Soon after the van was looted, the CRPF along with police launched a combing operation in the area during which one trooper was hurt in a landmine explosion. He succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, he said.

Further combing in the area led to the recovery of the dead body of the kidnapped sub inspector in the nearby area, he said.

The steel city of Rourkela is located about 500 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.

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