Threat letter from ‘Maoists’ sends Ganjam police into a tizzy

Staff Reporter

The author has targeted the police and forest officials

The authenticity of the letter is being examined by experts

Security tightened at Bhanjanagar as a precautionary measure

BERHAMPUR: An inland letter allegedly sent by Maoists to Bhanjanagar police station with the threat to blow it up has put police on high alert in Ganjam district.

Although the letter reached the Bhanjanagar police station three days back, police is yet to ascertain the authenticity of the letter. But as the letter originated from Saranakul in Nayagarh district, which had faced drastic naxal mayhem, it is not being taken lightly.

It may be noted that Sarankul and Dasapalla areas of Nayagarh district have alleged naxal presence. These areas of Nayagarh district border Bhanjanagar area of Ganjam district. In this inland letter written in Oriya the writer has targeted the police and forest officials.

As per the letter the Maoists are planning to target TV relay station, forest offices, buildings of educational institutions, police stations at Bhanjanagar within the next few days. The authenticity of the letter is being examined by experts at the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), southern range in the city. There are also chances that it may be prank of miscreants. The Ganjam SP, Nitinjeet Singh refused to comment on it as the whole thing was under investigation. But security has been tightened at Bhanjanagar as a precautionary measure.

Security has also been beefed up around Berhampur circle jail which has several prisoners with naxal links.

Naxal attack

After the Naxal attack on Nayagarh on February 15, Bhanjanagar has become a major centre of anti-naxal police activity. After their attack and looting of arms from Nayagarh the naxals had escaped via Gasama jungle near Bhanjanagar.

Large amount of arms looted by naxals was recovered from the jungle. Two CRPF camps still function at Galeri and Bhanjanagar College after that incident.

The Gasama jungle near Bhanjanagar is a strategic location for the naxals for their entry to central and coastal Orissa from southern parts. It is the joining point of Kandhamal, Nayagarh and Ganjam districts.

In another incident through a letter the Srikakulam Divisional Committee CPI (Maoist) secretary Dayananda has threatened to punish people involved in anti-people activities in Gajapati district.

The Maoist leader alleged that these persons were involved in defaming the Maoists were also collecting donations in the name of naxals.