Security beefed up in OSCOM, other vital installations in Odisha

Berhampur: Security has been strengthened in Odisha Sands Complex (OSCOM), one of the units of the Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) under Department of Atomic Energy (DoEA), in the wake of the surgical strike across the Line of Control by the Indian Army.

“As per instruction of the standard guidelines of the government, we have beefed up the security in OSCOM.

Surveillance measure in and around the IREL unit has also been intensified,” A K Mohapatra, chief of the OSCOM today said.

Besides our own security personnel, we have also engaged around 150 other security personnel, 50 per cent of them ex-servicemen, in the establishment, he said.

Director General, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) visited the OSCOM recently and reviewed its security measures, officials said adding, OSCOM received a fresh guideline from DoEA today about security measures.

OSCOM produces rare earths like Ilmenite, Rutile, Ircon and Sillimanite.

Besides OSCOM, security has been beefed up in other vital installations in the area including the Army Air Defence College, Gopalpur and Gopalpur Port.

“As a precautionary measure, we sounded alert in all vital establishments in our region and the marine police stations at Sonepur and Arjeepali, following the incident across the LoC,” said Inspector General of Police (Southern Range) Amitabh Thakur.