Cops in Odisha to conduct aerial patrolling

With the Maoist sponsored Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week celebration begins from tomorrow, the security personnel’s including, Special Operation Group commandos, paramilitary forces like Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Odisha State Armed Police (OSAP), Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) have been put on high aleret in the Maoist strong holds of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and Nabarangpur districts of Southern Odisha.

Acting on an intelligence inputs of a possible retaliation by the desperate rebels during the week long PLGA celebration which coincides the 48 hour Nationwide shutdown call on November 4 and 5, , BSF DIG S.K.Barua reportedly rushed to Malkangiri from Koraput on Wednesday by a Pawan Hans chopper and  held a marathon closed door meting with the BSF officials and district police on the strategy to be adopted to deal with the left wing extremists during the protest week, sources said.

Though, the details of the meeting was not known, it is believed that the meeting decided to press one helicopter into service for aerial patrolling and the security forces would keep an eye on these areas with the help of choppers.

Additional deployment of police and paramilitary CRPF is being carried out around sensitive installations in Southern Odisha, officials said. Police sources said a close watch is being kept on railway stations at Rayagada, Koraput, bus stands, hotels and other vital installations. Security was heightened at all state and central government offices as a precautionary measure.

Sources said the heavy deployment of the forces, comes at a time when the red guerrillas are celebrating the PLGA week followed by a two day long Bharat Bandh. “They are planning to launch a tactical counter offensive campaign (TCOC) against security forces,” a senior IPS officer said. TCOC essentially means that the guerrillas would go on rampage in one area and conduct their meeting at another,he added.

Sources said the Maoist activity is on the rise in Podia, Kalimela, Mathili and Motu areas of the neighbouring Orissa, as the rebels are easily crossing Sabari river to set up camps in the dense forests.

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