Reported by Ranjan Rath
Malkangiri, Nov 23:
Taking note of Maoists from the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh crossing over to the bordering districts of Odisha following the aerial attack on them by security personnel in the Chintagumpha forest in Chhattisgarh on November 21, BSF and the Odisha police have decided to intensity joint operation against the red rebels.
Based on intelligence report that the Maoists have set up camps in the cut-off areas of Malkangiri like Kianga, Mathili and Bondaghat areas, BSF IG AK Sharma and DIG KV Raghav Charulu, DIG, south-western range of Odisha police Yashwant Jethwa and Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, arrived at the district headquarters town of Malkangiri to take stock of the situation in the Mmapoist infested district on a BSF helicopter on Saturday.
Later, they went to the BSF camp at Kianga of Mathili block and had a meeting with commandant Bipin Jethuwal.
From there, they visited the BSF camps at Mathili, Badapada and Janbai. On their return to the district headquarters, they visited the site at Gurupriya river where a bridge is proposed to be constructed.
Back in the district headquaters, the officials had a two-hour long, closed door meeting at a BSF camp.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Jethwa said a decision had been taken to launch a joint combing operation against the Maoists by the Chhattisgarh, Odisha Police and the BSF personnel very soon.
Since the Gurupriya river bridge is the only way to link the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district, he said the Maoist would be given a fitting reply if they try to create problems for the construction company and its staff during the construction of the bridge.