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Naxal strike an eye-opener for Orissa Govt.

Bhubaneswar, Sat, 16 Feb 2008 NI Wire

The Orissa assembly has adjourned after an uproar by the opposition parties seeking state Chief Minister’s resignation following Government’s inability to tackle Naxal menace in the state here on Saturday.

Certainly the manner in which the large number of armed naxals attacked and killed policemen pointed a clear-cut intelligence failure. The incident came as an eye-opener for the Orissa government.

In a well-planned attack by naxals in the Nayagarh district of Orissa at least 14 persons including 13 policemen have been killed. The incident also completely surprised the state administration with the number of Naxals being active at a single point of time.

On late Friday night (around 10:30 pm) a group of over 100 fully armed Naxalites including women cadres entered the town and attacked the local police station killing away 13 policemen and they also looted weapons from the Nayagarh Police station armoury.

Naxals too raided the police training school with bombs and arm guns. Another police station at Daspalla was also attacked where a civilian killed during the crossfire.

Though with the help of additional forces the police had launched a massive operation against the Maoists but it is still unknown the number of naxals killed in the process.

The injured police personnel were admitted to the Cuttack SCB Medical with some of them are said to critical.

This is the second such type of major Naxal attack in recent years. In last year March armed naxalites attacked Udayagiri town of Gajapati district and freed its prisoners after killing two policemen.

This year too on January 02, one man was killed and 7 others were injured in a naxal attack in Sundargarh district of Orissa.

CRPF on the march to track down naxals

After Friday night’s unfortunate incident and a severe criticism on the intelligence failure from the state opposition party, the Orissa government has asked CRPF personnel to track down the armed Naxalites who attacked and looted the police station.

As per the latest report the state borders have been closed and security personnel are on their hunt to nab naxals.

Prime internal threat to National security

Although the Home Ministry had earlier declared Naxals as the single most important threat to national security, no major development has been made so far to curb naxal nuisance. As far as Orissa is concerned Maoists are active on 11 of the 30 districts of Orissa.

The state government in 2006 banned certain pro-naxal groups including Communist Party of India (Maoist) but so far not enough positive result have come out to save people from naxal influence.

It seems that the groups like Daman Pratirodh Manch and Revolutionary Democratic Front who were banned by the state government are still active in the state helping naxalites to propagate their ideology.

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