Sunday, March 18, 2007

Maoists spreading like wild fire in Orissa

Maoists spreading like wild fire in Orissa
Sunday March 18 2007 08:53 IST

ANGUL: The infiltration of Maoists into the border areas of Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Jajpur districts has posed a renewed challenge for the Orissa Police.

They have identified the group active in the border areas of these three districts as CPIML (Janashakti).
The State Government woke up from its slumber after the killings of three forest staff in Kandhar area of Dhenkanal district. The incident has indeed established the fact that the Maoists are slowly advancing into new areas of the State.

The mainline ultras have already made a corridor from Sundargarh to Rayagada via Sambalpur, Deogarh and Phulbani from where they are slated to carry out their activities. The area from where the new outfit is operating is about 10,000 sq km, covering the three districts.

The problems for the police, to fight and root out the ultras from these areas, are both logistic and administrative in nature. Though for Maoists, the area is a single unit, for police it belongs to three districts coming under three police ranges. While ultras are conversant with the roads and passes, district police are unfamiliar with the road communication and Naxal hideouts.


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