Anti-Maoist operation on high gear in Malkangiri - The New Indian Express

Anti-Maoist operation on high gear in Malkangiri

Published: 04th October 2013 08:03 AM

Last Updated: 04th October 2013 08:03 AM

Anti-Maoist operation has been intensified in the areas surrounding Tulsi hill under Mathili police limits bordering Chhattisgarh following intelligence inputs that Maoists including top cadres from the neighbouring States are trying to enter the district.

Considering that entering Malkangiri would be easier for the Red rebels as these places are located about 10 km from Chhattisgarh border, the Central Paramilitary Forces have been deployed in the area to intensify vigil on the border to foil any possible infiltration by the Chhattisgarh Maoist cadres.

According to reports, at least five battalions of Border Security Forces headed by their commandants and Special Operation Group (SOG) commandos of Odisha police have been camping at the other side of the dense Tulsai mountain near river Kolab which divides the two States.

As waterway has become a safe passage for the ultras, the security personnel have cordoned off the area to check Maoist influx.

All the exit and entry points along the porous inter-state border passing through Mathili area have been put on alert and the police told to keep a close watch on the movement of Chhattisgarh rebels. The security forces have also been told to coordinate with the local police, said a senior police official who is monitoring the anti-Maoist operation.

It is a tough job for the Central forces, that has been assigned to guard the border, to ascertain the identity of Maoists of Chhattisgarh, he said adding that all preventive steps were being taken to stop cross-border movement of Maoists.

“We are ready to avert intrusion of Maoists who plan to trigger violence in the district,” said a police official requesting anonymity.

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