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Fear grips Bijapur post cops' killings

HT Correspondent  Raipur, March 15, 2007
First Published: 23:23 IST(15/3/2007) | Last Updated: 11:01 IST(16/3/2007)

Shocked over the horrifying incident of Naxal attack at the police post of Ranibodli village under Bijapur police district of Chhattisgarh, which - according to official reports - took 49 lives of SAF jawans and SPOs, neither the ministers nor the officials of the Raman Singh government were willing to respond to any of the queries, regarding the prevailing situation in the region.

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The situation at the Ranibodli village, around 60 kms away from Bijapur, and in the adjoining areas of Ponodwaya, Mandimarka, Patakutru, Jaigur and Petha villages was tense and no one was willing to talk anything about the incident.    

The Maoist rebels have been targeting the villagers, mostly under Bijapur police district and have been threatening them to remain away from the Salwa Judum campaign.

Soon after the reports of the incident reached Bijapur, all shutters were downed in the market. The entire township wore a deserted look after 10.00 am, one local advocate informed.

There is of course not much threat in the township area. However, as one moves about even 500 yards interior from the highway in either direction, the Naxalites do have their presence, directly or indirectly, he underlined.

Some of the SPOs, who had surrendered before the police to join the mainstream, might still have their links with the Naxalites. Such reports do appear in the local media off and on, he added.

Today's incident has only vindicated the fact that the Naxalites have an easy access to any of the police posts in the entire region.

The SP of Bijapur police district Ratanlal Dangi was not available for his comment, as he had gone to the interior village of Kutru, along with a team of doctors, soon after the incident.

All the 12 injured, including SAF constables and SPOs, were provided first aid at the primary health centre Kutru, and then they were all shifted to the District Hospital in Jagdalpur, for treatment.


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