BERHAMPUR: Security personnel have destroyed a Maoist camp on the Ganjam-Kandhamal border in Daringibadi area and seized some belongings of the rebels, police said on Tuesday.
The items seized from the camp include blankets, jackets, woolen caps, sweaters, T-shirts, hand gloves, a plastic drum, around 50-metre wire, a stabilizer, jars of petrol and kerosene, polythene sheets and a camera, police said. Acting on a tip-off, security and police forces raided the area, police said. They, however, did not arrest anyone or find any ammunition from the camp.
“The camp might have been set up by Maoists in winter. It seems they were forced to desert the camp owing to frequent police raids,” a senior police officer said. Meanwhile, security has been tightened in the Maoist-hit areas of southern Odisha prior to the celebration of Independence Day as the rebels have given a call to observe the day as black day.
“We have deployed adequate security personnel in Maoist-hit areas in Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal districts. Security has also beefed up in the district head quarters where the Indian tricolour would be hoisted,” DIG (southern range) R K Sharma said. The DIG said every vehicle passing through the district at night would be checked, while night patrolling would continue as usual on Tuesday to check the movement of the rebels, said Kandhamal SP J N Pankaj. Police have also alerted security forces in the interior areas of the Gajapati and Kandhamal districts.