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Odisha wants two more BSF platoons for Koraput

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Koraput Sep 8 :

In order to intensify anti-Maoist operations in Odisha’s Koraput, the administration has sought deployment of more BSF platoons in the district.

(FILES) In this picture taken on August 19, 2005, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel take part in a patrol along the border with Bangladesh, in the Fulbari district in the north-eastern state of West Bengal.  Indian security forces shot dead two Bangladeshi border guards while they were patrolling along the country's northwestern frontier, an official said July 18, 2008. Bangladesh Rifles chief Major General Shakil Ahmed told AFP the two guards suddenly came under attack by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) at midnight.   AFP PHOTO/STR/FILES (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

“We require three more companies of BSF and have placed the demand before security advisor to Union Ministry of Home Affairs K Vijay Kumar during his recent visit here,” a senior police officer said today. Additional forces are required for establishment of a few more permanent camps of the paramilitary forces.

“We are contemplating setting up of three to four camps of central forces in Narayanpatna and Machkund area”, the officer said.

In the wake of Maoist killing of BSF men in a landmine blast on NH-26 near Pottangi on August 27, police have prepared a blueprint to deal with the red rebels and require additional forces for this.

Official sources said though Maoist offensives have come down in the past few months in Koraput because of intensive operations by security forces, loopholes still exist helping Maoists to execute their attacks. (PTI)

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