Odisha-Chhattisgarh joint forces launch pad against Naxals in Malkangiri

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Dec 25:
Giving a fillip to wipe out the Naxal menace in the state’s Malkangiri region, Odisha and Chhattisgarh police will join forces to set up a ” launch pad” in the region to make it Maoist free, said a top police official of the neighbouring state.

Armed Maoists
Talking on the side lines of top level police meet between Chhattisgarh and Odisha police, IG Kalluri has said that they have made a blue print to wipe out the Naxals belonging Darbha Division Committee which is active in the Malkhangiri district.

Bastar range IG SRP Kalluri, Bastar SP R N Das, Sukma and Malkangiri SP were part of the meeting.

“Chhattisgarh DRF has been recently trained in a new training programme which is becoming very effective. We have achieved quite a few successes in the recent past, with large number of arrests, arms laid down or return to the main stream. We have also reduced the security fatalities to a great extent”, said Bastar range IG SRP Kalluri.

Odisha and Chhattisgarh police joint operation in Malkangiri Maithili area will become the launching pad of the security forces, to make the area Naxal free in 2016.

“We have made resolution to free the Darbha valley from the red Maoist threat in 2016. We will free Darbha division from Naxals by 2016. The Special Operations Group (SOG) and District Reserve Group (DRG) will hold joint operations to flush out the rebels. We have already had many high level meetings on the issue and it is now ready for implementation” said Kalluri.

The Red Hunt operation is the biggest anti-Naxal operation in Chhattishgarh involving 40,000 jawans. It has involved the security neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telengana.

Meanwhile, a Maoist was killed in an exchange of firing between security forces and Naxals in Darbha valley, Makkangiri near the Chhattishgarh-Odisha border, today.

The police have recovered the body and have found Maoist material, bullets and a gun from the deceased.
The body is yet to be identified by the officials.

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