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Maoists Trying to Reorganise: SP

Maoists are trying to re-organise and regain their lost ground in the district, said Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty on Thursday.

Briefing mediapersons about the exchange of fire that took place on Wednesday, Mohanty said there were 30 to 35 Maoists in the group including eight to 10 female cadres.

The exchange of fire took place in Landakot reserve forest under Rairakhol police limits of the district and police had specific information about their movement.

The SP said the Maoists opened fire first and police retaliated in which 130 rounds of bullets were fired and grenades used. As the exchange of fire could have left some Maoists injured, a joint operation by police and CRPF was underway to trace the injured.  He added that all the cadres were armed with weapons like AK, INSAS and SLR.

The seizure included garments, utensils, medicines, uniforms, Maoist literature, groceries, ammunition bags besides other items.

seizure list

Sources said Maoists are trying to push hard their plan of developing a corridor which would unite the banned Left ultras from Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

The movement is believed to be a part of the plan. According to reports, Maoists have set aside Sundargarh district from their original Sundargarh-Deogarh-Sambalpur Divisional Committee and included Sonepur district. Hadrcore Maoist leader and secretary of Dakshin Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee Samarji alias Anmol Hembram is believed to be coordinating the activities.

Maoists from across the border on both sides are planning to make Gandhamardan hill range in Bargarh district a hopping point before converging in Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary in Nuapada district.

They are planning to replicate their model of guerilla warfare and training camp in Sunabeda with security forces out against them in Saranda forest in Jharkhand bordering Odisha.

Four/two laning of Baharagora-Sambalpur section of NH-6

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the implementation of the four/two laning of Baharagora-Sambalpur section of NH-6 in the States of Orissa and Jharkhand under NHDP Phase IV on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT/BOT) basis. The total length of the road will be 368.20 kms.

The total cost of the project including land acquisition, rehabilitation and pre-construction activities will be Rs.3636.43 crore. The concession period will be 30 years including construction period of 36 months.

The main object of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the States of Orissa and Jharkhand and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Baharagora and Sambalpur. NH-6 is a major link for Kolkata in West Bengal to Hazira Port in Gujarat. The project also improves the connectivity of Baharagora in the State of Jharkhand with Bisoi, Jasipur, Keonjhar, Pallahara, Deogarh, Barakote, Jamankira and Sambalpur in the State of Orissa. It will also increase the employment potential for local labourers for project activities.

The project is covered in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Angul, Deogarh and Sambalpur in Orissa and Singhbhum in Jharkhand.

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Jharkhand plunges into darkness

The state faced acute power crisis on Tuesday afternoon following the break down in northern and eastern grids disrupting train services across three railway divisions. At least 30 trains, including express and passenger trains, were stranded at different stations under Ranchi, Dhanbad and Chakradharpur railway divisions during the power failure which continued for over two-and-a-half hours.

Among the important trains affected included the Delhi-Hatia Jharkhand Swarna Jayanti Express, Jammu Tavi-Rourkela Express, Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi-Express, Patna-Ranchi Jan Shatabdi Express, Hatia- Patna Super Express and Varanasi-Sambalpur Express.

Divisional railway manager (Ranchi) G Malaya said power was not available for around two hours. “The failure occurred at 1.05pm The power has been restored and train services normalized by late evening,” Malaya said.

A standby power supply system was used at the Birsa Munda Airport here during the black out. Airport director Raju Raghavendra Kumar said power supply was restored by 3:30pm. “Air service was not affected,” he claimed.

However, medical service was affected. Most hospitals, especially those run by the state health department, had to even stop surgeries in the operation theatres. The largest government hospital Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) was without power for over one-and-a-half-hours.

Rebels back in action in Sambalpur

After remaining in hibernation for little over three months following the arrest of Girish Bhokta, a key Maoist operative in Sambalpur district, the rebels have reportedly resurfaced.

Reports received indicate that the Maoists had been noticed in Larasara village under Dhama police limits late on Monday night. About 10 uniformed and armed cadres were speaking both in Odia and Hindi during their interaction with the villagers. They reportedly inquired about their well-being and problems bothering them.

It is learnt that the Maoists in the district have regrouped and have divided themselves into two groups. While one is being led by old hand Kunu Dehuri of Tamersingha village in Jujumura block, the other is being headed by Jharkhand-based Maoist Hemant Bhokta, who has been sent from Saranda to replace Girish in restoring the lost base.

The Maoists were lying low till an exchange of fire with the police at Gaigot-Kuleijharan hills near Gusriabahal village under Kisinda police limits on October 8 last year. After the Maoists retreated the security personnel busted a camp and recovered empty cartridge of INSAS and SLR besides IED.

Later, the Maoists struck at the facility of ARSS Infrastructure along NH-55 at Mundher under Jujumura block, about 15 km from here. Subsequent combing operation led to exchange of fire with the fleeing Maoists at Jadu Loisingha under Jujumura police limits on October 26, located barely a couple of kilometers from the ARSS facility.

Since then the Maoists have been lying low and the fresh movement has made their intentions clear. Though it was believed that the security forces would be able to flush out the Maoists after the arrest of Girish, the arrival of Hemanta from Jharkhand reveals that the Maoists are not prepared to retreat.

Thapa: Santosh semis in sight

Despite having made it to their third quarterfinal in as many years in the 2012 Santosh Trophy, Delhi didn’t get any time to celebrate. Almost as soon as the squad had beaten Jharkhand 3-1 in their final league encounter, a night match in Sambalpur, Orissa, they had to rush back to their hotel to pack. “Our cab will be leaving at 5 am for Bhubhaneshwar, where the knock-out matches will be taking place,” says coach of the team and former India international Ranjith Thapa.

Against Jharkhand, Mahender Singh scored a brace while Kamal scored the third goal. The win was Delhi’s third consecutive win in the league phase. They had initially beaten Gujarat 4-0 and then thrashed Andaman and Nicobar 13-0. Delhi had a chance to go into the next phase with a clean sheet but Jharkhand found a consolation goal with just ten minutes to go for the final whistle.

“Towards the end of the match, we were already up 3-0 and were certain of going into the next round. We were trying out new things and perhaps we slackened because we were so ahead on goal difference from the rest of the group. Also we were playing without our specialist defender Vikas Rawat because he already had a yellow card and we didn’t want to risk losing him for the next phase,” he said

That phase would be especially tough considering Delhi has been paired with heavyweights Tamil Nadu, Services and Mizoram in their quarterfinal group. Coach Thapa, though, remains confident that his side will perform well. “If our opponents are tough then we too won’t just give up without a fight. Even in 2010 when we reached the quarterfinal stage, we were alongside Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram. Even then we didn’t lose a single game,” he says.

Thapa though wants more than to simply return home with a quarterfinal appearance though it was only in 2010 that they had reached the last eight stage for the first time in 45 years. “We have played in the quarter final stage three times in a row now. This time everyone is expecting that we would get into the semi final,” says Thapa.

However the team performs, Thapa insists he has nothing but admiration for them. “Other than three experienced players, our side is very young. We only had a 23-day camp before the team left for the Santosh Trophy but I have no complaints about their dedication and their performance so far,” he says.