Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Orissa Police recovers landmines, explosives during Anti-Maoist operation

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rourkela: Security personnel in Orissa on Sunday stumbled upon 10 landmines and huge quantity of detonators in Sundargarh district. The seizures were made during a joint combing operation conducted by CRPF, Special Operations Group (SOG) and Orissa Police in different Naxal-infested villages under K Balang police station, they said.

During the search, nine landmines, one claymore mine, 10 tension batteries, 150 metres wire and some Maoist literature were recovered.

However, the heartening thing is the villagers' assurance that henceforth they would not allow the entry of Maoists into their villages, district SP Diptesh Patnaik, adding that the area was infested with Maoists.

Even though it is not possible to provide security to each and every individual, the villagers' cooperation will ensure a sense of security and safety. If the villagers do not cooperate with the ultras, the rebels have to retreat, he added.

Several residents belonging to Mahupada, Langalakata, Jharbeda, Sanbalijore and Rehlatur villages had taken shelter in K Balang since Thursday after Maoists had issued whip to either support them or face death penalty.

The threat came after the villagers demanded security following an attack on a man by Maoists, suspecting him to be a police informer, in Mahupada village on Thursday.

The locals were fed up with the Red brigade's activities and consequently they decided enough was enough and went to the police.

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