Slained SI given gun salute
The IG (Opearations) Y B Khurania said that the killers of Krushna Chandra Rath would be definitely taken to task. The killing took place despite ceasefire declaration by top naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda after the abduction of two Italian tourists to facilitate dialogue with the government to free the hostages.
The Maoist ultras had on January 5, 2012 killed three policemen in a landmine blast in Kandhamal district. Fourteen security personnel were killed by ultras in 2011 while the number stood at 17 in 2010.