BULLETPROOF BOATS FOR ANTI-MAOIST OPERATION
Pune 20 April (PCP NEWS BHUBANESWAR): Border Security Force has decided to provide two bulletproof boats for patrolling in the cut-off area, which will be available by June/July 2017, said BSF Director General Krishna Kumar Sharma to PCP News after a meeting with the Odisha Director General of Police K B Singh.
The BSF DG further said that, to keep a watch on the movement of left-wing extremists in the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district BSF has come forward to provide two bulletproof boats for patrolling Balimela reservoir for anti-Maoist operation. The cut-off area comprising about 150 villages and separated by the Balimela reservoir is known as the fort of the Maoists. Three sides of the cut-off area are encircled by the reservoir, while it has land connectivity with neighboring Andhra Pradesh through dense forest route, said Krishna Kumar.
Krishna Kumar also added that these bulletproof boats would not only help intensify patrolling in cut-off areas but also help in anti-Maoist operation, the force has been camping on the banks of Balimela reservoir and providing protection to the ongoing construction of Gurupriya bridge to connect the cut-off area with Chitrakonda block of Odisha’s Malkangiri district.
Odisha Director General of Police K B Singh also added that the security personnel is serious about the presence of Maoists in some parts of Malkangiri and Koraput district. As per the sources, the discussions between the Odisha DGP and the BSF DG were mostly on information sharing, deployment and more utilization of BSF for anti-Maoist operation. PCP/DJ 14 30