Sunday, June 29, 2008

Maoist attack, 50 jawans feared drowned in Orissa

In a violent ambush, the maoists attacked on nearly 50 Grey Hounds personnel in Machkund reservoir in south Orissa. The army personnel were feared drowned, and those who managed to swim ashore have been admitted to a nearby hospital. .
CJ: Jyoti Prakash , \

OVER 50 personnel of the Grey Hounds were feared drowned when maoist rebels ambushed their launch in Machkund reservoir in Orissa that borders Andhra Pradesh.

The incident took place near Alampetta village when nearly 64 security men of the elite Greyhound Force were on their way to Chitrakonda in Orissa by a boat for a joint operation against the naxalites.

Of the 64 personnel on board, 12 could manage to swim ashore with bullet injuries on them while manhunt was launched to trace the missing policemen. The police team consisting of 64 was returning to Sileru after undertaking combing operations in search of the Maoists in Orissa, when the rebels mounted an attack on the launch.
The 12 personnel who swam ashore were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Grey Hounds team, an elite commando force took the initiative to carry out counter-revolutionary operations in Andhra Pradesh. It had gone to Orissa along with five other persons on a combing assignment against the naxalites who are observing a protest week since June 26 against price rise and alleged police excesses.

After the Grey Hounds men fell into the reservoir, Maoists used country boats to reach them and opened fire on those trying to swim ashore. The violent incident happened around 9am today. The Machkand reservoir is in Orissa on the border with Andhra Pradesh where maoists are hyperactive in this region.

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