Friday, May 23, 2008

Don't use AP Greyhounds for anti-Maoists operation, rebels warns Orissa Govt

Bhubaneswar (Orissa): The outlawed CPI (Maoists) has warned the Orissa Government not to deploy Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh for anti-Maoists operation in any part of the State.

The leftwing guerrillas have sent an unofficial communication to Malkangiri SP Satish K Gajbhiye in the second day of the four-day long dawn to dusk bandh in protest against the police encounter.

The Malkangiri Divisional Committee of CPI (Maoist) has sent the message, police sources claimed.

The Greyhounds, an elite commando force of Andhra Pradesh, was raised as a vital organ for anti-Maoists operation in 1989. Its main objective is to deal effectively with the Left wing extremist violence on the law and order front and other situations arising out of unforeseen situations.

"The well trained and physically fit Greyhounds Commando's professional competence in undertaking sustained and systematic field operations in interior and inhospitable jungle terrains, which very often poses threat to the rebels," a top anti-Maoists operation official said here.

"Since, we are seeking help of the Greyhounds of our neighboring State, rebels ultimatum should be treated as a major issue," the official added. Recently, Greyhounds team played a very key role in marathon encounter on Gosama hilltops bordering southern district of Ganjam and Kadhamal following the Nayagarh mayhem.

"They have also demanded to stop Police action, withdraw CRPF and strongly opposed police encounter of their two comrades," SP Satish K Gajbhiye admitting the communication told over phone on Friday. The Maoists have damaged BSNL communication system in order to disrupt communication.

Even the Maoists are reportedly highlighting their success in Nepal Poll and recent Nayagarh mayhem during the bandh . The rebels also claiming to run parallel Government in South-Western Police range of the State, which is one among the worst insurgency infected regions.

Meanwhile, several security experts and former IPS officers attributing the offensive mood of the red rebels as direct impact of Nepal Poll outcome here and on other Maoists infected States.

A former DGP while referring to Chief of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Prachanda;s eagerness to meet India Maoists, however said things would get worse if he allowed to hold close door meet with Indian rebels here.

Even the Nepali Maoists are planning to host a meeting in Kolkata on May 31 to discuss their strategies. If they sit in Kolkata to explore strategies, how far Bhubaneswar is? asked the veteran cop

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