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Chidambaram to visit Kandhamal, Koraput

Worried over increasing law and order situation owing to Maoist violence and communal riots in otherwise peaceful Orissa, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is scheduled to make a two-day visit to the state beginning June 25, official sources said on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2009 23:06 IST

Worried over increasing law and order situation owing to Maoist violence and communal riots in otherwise peaceful Orissa, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is scheduled to make a two-day visit to the state beginning June 25, official sources said on Tuesday.

Orissa, hit by last year's ethno-communal riots in Kandhamal which claimed as many as 43 lives, drew attention of the Union Home Ministry after being faced with a series of Maoist attacks in recent times.

"During his two day-stay here Chidambaram will visit both Kandhamal and Koraput," a home department official said adding that, Chidambaram would review the situation in both places.

Though Malkangiri was identified as the worst Maoist infested district in the state, neighbouring Koraput had been in news for a series of Maoist attacks.

While the ultras attacked three police establishments on June 7 night, a day before commencement of the first session of the Assembly, nine security personnel were killed in a landmine blast at Narayanpatna in Koraput on June 18 morning.

Prior to that, the Maoists gunned down a police sub-inspector in Sambalpur district on June 15.