Tuesday, December 01, 2009

ORISSA: Security beefed up for Red week

TNN 1 December 2009, 11:04pm ISTText Size:|Topics:Maoist

KORAPUT: Security has been tightened in Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada districts with the Maoists observing People's Liberation Guerilla Army
(PLGA) week from December 2 to 8. The Red rebels included it in their calender after formation of PLGA on December 2, 2002.

The extremists have put up posters in different parts of Koraput and Malkangiri districts asking people to cooperate with them to make the PLGA week observation a success.

The Maoists have also opposed the Centre's proposed anti-Maoist operation. "Join PLGA and form a local militia in every village to fight against the exploitation of tribals," a poster at Kalimela in Malkangiri district read.

Malkangiri police on Monday seized a few posters from Kalimela, Chiktrakonda and Balimela areas. Police said security has been beefed up across the district. Strict vigil is kept along Malkangiri's boundary with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to ensure that Maoists do not get a chance to enter the district.

"Additional security arrangements have been made in some of the sensitive areas. Police is kept on high alert and ready to face any eventuality. Though the situation is under control, we can't be complacent," SP (Malkangiri) Satya Brata Bhoi said. The Maoist celebrations comes close on the heels of the arrest of 15 rebels and recovery of a huge cache of arms and Maoist belongings from a village in Koraput district on Saturday.

The panic is understandable given that the police have launched a massive operation against the Maoist-backed Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) in Narayanpatna area of Koraput district.

Police have arrested 57 CMAS activists and a backlash from the pro-rebel outfit can't be ruled out. "Sufficient securitymen have been deployed to thawrt any Red attack," SP (Koraput) Deepak Kumar said.

Meanwhile, police have appealed to people not to confuse PLGA week with a bandh call. "Apprehending an attack, people may avoid coming out of their homes and vehicles may stop plying in the Maoist-dominated areas during PLGA week. We have asked the people not to confuse this with a bandh call," a senior police officer said here on Tuesday.

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