Three BSF camps set up in Odisha

Malkangiri : In a bid to intensify anti-Maoist operation in Odisha's Malkangiri district, three new BSF camps were set up in Kalimela area, police said on Thursday.

With the establishment of three new camps yesterday at Bhenjagwada, Gumphakonda and Chintalwada of Kalimela area, the total number of BSF camps in the district increased to 23, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said.

Describing Kalimela area as one of the core areas of Maoists, he said the new BSF camps would play a significant role in strengthening the battle against the ultras.

The opening of the new BSF camps came close on the heels of the visit of Director General of Police (DGP), Prakash Mishra to Malkangiri earlier this month during which he had assessed the ongoing anti-naxal operation.

It was extremely necessary to strengthen security and enhance presence of jawans in the area as the naxals have been trying to bring the entire region under their complete control, a senior police official said.

Since the entire area is covered with dense forest and full of hilly terrains, more number of security personnel would be of immense help in stepping up the fight against the red rebels, he said.

About 100 jawans would be stationed at each of the newly established BSF camps for conducting anti-Maoist operation,the SP said.

Options before the security forces were limited earlier and the BSF personnel based in Kalimela camp had to be engaged for anti-naxal operation, police said, adding now there would be considerable flexibility in their job.

Kalimela area witnessed a spurt in the activities of Maoists since March this year marked by gunbattles between the ultras and security personnel. Besides, women sympathisers of the naxals had organised a rally in the area earlier this month, sources said.