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Combing intensified in undivided Koraput ahead of polls

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Koraput, Mar 6:

Following information that Maoists are planning to disrupt the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha in their stronghold of southern and western Odisha which go to polls on April 10, the local police and the Central para-military forces have intensified combing operations in the undivided Koraput district.

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Picture Courtesy: indianewsdiary.com

“We have the reports that left wing ultras, including top cadres from Andhra Pradesh, are planning strategic moves somewhere inside the Mungudavalsa forest along the Koraput-Andhra Pradesh border to disrupt the poll process,” Koraput SP Awinash Kumar told the media today.

He said combing operations have been intensified further in the district with deployment of fresh batches of Central forces.

Referring to the killing of two hardcore Maoists in an encounter with the security personnel at Pottangi a couple of days ago, Kumar said the presence of some top cadres, present at the time of encounter in the area, cannot be ruled out.

It may be mentioned that the security personnel had gunned down two hardcore Maoists— Mala Sanjeeva alias Yadana and Epe Swamy of Andhra Pradesh—during a crossfire inside Mungudavalsa forest on Tuesday.

In Bhubaneswar, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Dr Mona Sharma had told media persons on Wednesday that the state would seek additional forces for the smooth conduct of the elections in the Maoist dominated areas.

There are 89 companies of central paramilitary forces deployed in the state at present.