Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tension in Narayanpatna as security forces launch combing ops

By K.Sudhakar Patnaik

On Saturday and Sunday the Andhra Pradesh Gray Hounds and Orissa SOG Jawan's jointly intensified their combing operations and there was an exchange of fire in between the suspected Maoist and the security forces.

TENSION PREVAILED during the two days (Saturday and Sunday) combing operation launched by security forces to curb the Naxal movement under Narayanpatna block in Koraput district of Orissa. It also badly affected normal life.
The earlier proposed Tribal women's rally under the banner Biplabi Adivasi Mahila Sangathan on Monday, had to be cancelled. The main object of organizing the rally was calling for democratic methods and presenting a charter of demands which includes suspension of operation "Green Hunt", release of tribal and tribal leaders even including the children confined in Koraput jail, restoration of the tribal's paternal land in the name of the tribal's in Orissa.
It must be mentioned that the land belonging to tribals which is about two thousand acres seized from the landlords to be recorded in the names of the tribal's is still in limbo, the demands also include prevention of sale and manufacturing of liquor in tribal populated district of Orissa, withdrawal all false cases initiated against the tribal's and the presence of district collector at Narayanpatna block headquarters once in a week to solve their burning problems.

The main object of the other administration was only to disturb the rally. On Saturday and Sunday the Andhra Pradesh Gray Hounds and Orissa SOG Jawan's jointly intensified their combing operations and there was an exchange of fire in between the suspected Maoist and the security force at Gumandi and Samna forest area.
The two days of continuous fire exchange, suspected to have taken a few lives which was confirmed by the Chief Minister of Orissa. The sources close to the police officials confirmed that as many as twenty six persons sustained injuries.
According to the senior police officer "signs of heavy bleeding and dragging of bodies at the spot of encounter hints at causalities and injuries" however the police have not recovered even a single dead body.
So they are not in a position to confirm the number of causalities. Most of the tribal's left their villages and have taken shelter inside the forest out of fear. Today, once again heavy armed constabulary rushed to Narayanpatna and conducted raids at Narayanpatna in search of the dead. However whatever the case may be, the fate of the tribal's in Koraput has not changed even after 60 plus years of independence.

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