Monday, July 06, 2009

A corridor from west to south!

Express News Service First Published : 06 Jul 2009 11:18:45 AM ISTLast Updated :

SAMBALPUR: Emboldened by their recent success when a police sub-inspector was killed fighting them, the Naxals are said to have intensified their campaign to open a corridor to south Orissa from Saranda forest in Jharkhand through some districts in western Orissa. They are planning to work on the corridor before they leave for their villages for cultivation during monsoon, intelligence inputs said.

Normally, Naxals return to their villages during the monsoon as their movements get curtailed due to overflowing of rivulets and growth of trees inside the forests. Since most of the Naxal cadres active in the district are from Jharkhand, which has virtually no irrigation facilities, they go back to their villages and work on their rain-fed fields or that of others. With the dense Saranda forest located on the Orissa-Jharkhand border, the Naxals have already made their presence felt in the mining belt of Bonai sub-division in Sundargarh district besides Keonjhar which shares border with Sundargarh and Mayurbhanj. And the forest areas are giving them safe passage from the Sundargarh border to Deogarh and Sambalpur through Gurundia block in Sundargarh district and to Laimura in Deogarh. Reports said the Naxals are now working hard to cross the river Mahanadi in Sonepur and Boudh before they touch Kandhamal where they already have presence. With Maoist posters already appearing in Sonepur, it is widely believed that they travelled to Chhattisgarh through Boudh, Balangir and Nuapada after the Nayagarh mayhem. It is said that the Naxals now want to establish a permanent corridor to give impetus to their movement along the ‘red corridor’ from Saranda in Jharkhand to South Orissa. Sources in the police admitting to the Naxals’ strategy to establish a corridor have chalked out a plan to thwart their strategy.

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