Friday, March 19, 2010

BSF battalion in Koraput

Express News Service
First Published : 19 Mar 2010 06:04:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 19 Mar 2010 10:49:08 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: One battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel arrived in Koraput district today ahead of the launch of the anti- Naxal operations in the area.
Though the State Government is reported to have not fixed any date for launching the joint operations against the ultras, sources maintained that this may begin next month after arrival of five battalions of central paramilitary forces (CPMF) required for the job.

Centre had assured the State to provide six battalions of CPMF after two rounds of talks between Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Raipur and Kolkata.

The State had demanded eight battalions of CPMF in addition to the existing five battalions to launch anti-Maoist operations in northern and southern districts.
The jawans of CPMF will undergo familiarisation training before the proposed special operation, sources maintained that one BSF battalion, 600 personnel, has been sent to Koraput and two more are likely to reach the Naxal-hit district tomorrow.

The force could now be deployed in the district’s border areas with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in order to prevent influx of Maoists into Orissa.

However, official sources here did not throw any light on when the special operation will be launched though the State Government has made it clear many times that it will be started after the arrival of special forces.

The Chief Minister during his meetings with Chidambaram had told the Centre that the State had no objection to launching anti-Maoist special operation in the State.
The activities of the Maoists have increased in the State in recent times with several areas in the northern and southern districts becoming out of bounds for the State administration.

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