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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: The Border Security Force (BSF) deployed in Malkangiri district has rolled up its sleeves to ensure that cut-off villages of the region now connected through the newly inaugurated Gurupriya Bridge turns into a ‘Swabhiman Anchal’.

Briefing media persons during an annual press meet on operations in Odisha, BSF IG Ashwini Kumar Singh said that that the BSF takes pride in the success achieved in controlling the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) threat in the region.

"Gururpriya Bridge has spurred connectivity to regional cut-off areas like never before and we are proud to say that the BSF has been hand-in-hand in ensuring development of this region. As far its security is concerned, we are making sure that the entire region is wiped out of Maoist presence very soon,” Singh said.

Elaborating on the BSF’s contribution in the state, the senior official said BSF has been continuously carrying out anti-naxal operations to help government and civic administration in driving growth.

“BSF was first inducted in Odisha in 2010 after red rebels crippled developmental activities in districts like Koraput and Malkangiri. Initially we started with two battalions, and the numbers grew to 8 battalions by 2013. In last eight years, we have lost 14 personnel but have succeeded in controlling the Maoist menace to a large extent," he said

"We have gunned down six Maoists and apprehended more than 500 militia and their supporters. More than 700 Maoists have been introduced into the mainstream and our biggest achievement lies in efficiently detecting and diffusing more than 390 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) considered the most lethal weapons used by the ultras for explosion,” Singh added.

“We have received very good cooperation from the state, district administration and the police. Our efforts have paid off to some extent and we look forward to contribute our best to ensure more safety and security to people of the state,” he added.

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