Odishatv Bureau

Athagarh: Panic gripped Narsinghpur area here in Cuttack district following police inputs on suspected Maoists movement in Satkosia forests.

According to reports, around 20 suspected extremists are roaming in Satkosia forest which spreads from Narasinghpur to Angul. Meanwhile, Cuttack and Angul police have intensified combing operations in the area. “It is not confirmed whether they are the left wing extremists. We have started combing operations in the area. Jawans will be deployed in the forest soon,” Cuttack SP (Rural) Madhab Chandra Sahoo told OTV over phone.

The locals who had suspected them to be animal poachers were assured by the police that, once confirmed, they will be provided security.

Sources said, some activities were reported in the local forest some years ago following which police had launched combing operations two times earlier. But there was no confirmation.

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