Thursday, July 17, 2008

Orissa CM terms Maoist attack as "Barbaric"; announces ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to blast

Bhubaneswar ( Orissa) : Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik called the attack "barbaric" and said the families of the dead police officials would get Rs 10 lakh as assistance each. Another amount of Rs 4 lakh each would be given as ex-gratia and a relative of each policeman would get a job, said Patnaik in New Delhi.

Union Home Secretray Madhukar Gupta and Special Secretary, Internal Security, M L Kumawat spoke to the State Chief Secretary of Orissa Ajit Kumar Tripathy and assured help from the Ministry.

Earlier on Wednesday in yet another lethal attack just couple of weeks after water ambush in Balimela reservoir, the Maoists on Wednesday triggered a landmine blast in which 24 elite commandos of Special Operation Group have reportedly been killed in Orissa's Malkangiri district.

The incident has sent a shock wave among security forces working in Maoists infected districts of the State.

A high alert has been sounded in all sensitive locations of the State while Central Para-Military Forces have intensified search operation to nab the fleeing Maoists.

The incident happened at MV-126 when the SOG jawans were on their daily combing operation.

The tragedy happened few hours after the top brasses of the Union Home Ministry as well as the DGPs of four Leftwing insurgency infected States chalked out plan to curb the influence of CPI (Maoists).

Interestingly, Orissa DGP Gopal Chandra Nanda kept away himself from the High-level meeting, chaired by Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta in New Delhi.

The Union Home Ministry had conveyed the meeting following killing of JD (U) MLA Ramesh Singh Munda and about 38 personnel of anti-Maoists Greyhound force on Orissa-Andhra Pradesh border.

It may be noted that the People's Liberation of Guerrilla Army of the outlawed CPI (Maoists) successfully ambushed a boat and killed some 38 elite Greyhounds forces of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh in Malkangiri district on June 29.

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