Odisha to set up a CRPF Base Camp at Ora in Kandhamal

The Government of Odisha has decided to set up a CRPF camp at Ora in Kandhamal District to tackle the Maoist menace. According to a police report submitted before The National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC), the state Government finalized “to redeploy one platoon of CRPF now located at Kashipur, to Ora in Kandhamal District.

NHRCDIG of Police, Southern Range in his latest report said that “ it has been decided in a meeting held on 30 January between Director (Intelligence), Odisha and CRPF authorities to redeploy one coy of CRPF now located at Kashipur, to Ora in Kandhamal district.”

Superintendent of Police of Kandhamal has been instructed to arrange accommodation with security infrastructure and logistics to accommodate the CRPF coy. Necessary funds to the tune of Rs. 1,13,12,450/- has also been allocated to the Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation for construction of two 100 men barracks at Ora for the purpose. The process of alienation of land is under progress, it said.

Odisha based Human Rights Activist, Akhand, alleged that three soldiers were killed and three others were injured in a landmine blast in Kandhamal district of Odisha on  5 january 2012 due to negligence of the higher police officials. He requested appropriate action in the matter.

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In response to the directions of the Commission IG of Police (Ops), Odisha had submitted a report giving the facts and circumstances of the killing of three soldiers Sunasira Mohanty, Umakanta Jani and Sangram Kumar Lenka, mentioned that two criminal cases were registered in respect of the incident and investigation taken up. During investigation, three accused were arrested and sent to jail.

He had opined that ” there is an urgent need to improve road condition from Kotgarh to Subarnagiri and Kotgarh to Srirampur before next rainy season and the matter may be taken up at appropriate level to redress the issue.

Similarly, one more company location of CRPF may be considered between Kotgarh – Srirampur at Ora which act as the intermediate administrative base camp to provide support to CRPF companies at Subarnagiri and Srirampur as the effective Road Operation Parties (ROPs) for a distance of 33 KMs from Kotgarh to Srirampur is practically not possible with existing deployment.”

The Commission has considered the report and  had directed Chief Secretary of Odisha to inform the Commission as to what action has been taken on the observations made by the DIG of Police regarding establishment of a base camp for CRPF at Ora.

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