Odisha: Naxals attack Doikallu railway station protesting PM Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit

By: | Updated: March 31, 2017 9:37 AM

More than 30 Naxals attacked Doikallu railway station in Odisha's Rayagada district protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state on April 15.

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More than 30 Naxals attacked Doikallu railway station in Odisha’s Rayagada district protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on April 15. The ultras have carried out two explosions. They also have left posters against the PM Modi’s upcoming visit, according to a report. Notably, BJP will hold its two-day national executive meeting in the Odisha capital from April 15, to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party national president Amit Shah, senior leader L K Advani and others.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, had said, “The Prime Minister will come to Odisha to thank the people for their unprecedented support to the BJP in the recent panchayat polls.” BJP state president Basant Panda said that the national executive meeting in Odisha will further encourage the party workers and local leaders for the 2019 general elections.

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Senior party leader MM Joshi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and other party leaders will also be present at the meeting. Pradhan said the chief ministers of all the BJP ruled states will attend the meet. Party in-charge of Odisha Arun Singh and national joint secretary (organisaton) Soudan Singh will visit the state tomorrow to oversee the preparations for the meeting, he said.

A few days ago, in one of the deadliest attacks on security forces, 12 CRPF personnel were killed and their arms looted when Naxals ambushed their patrol party in the Maoist hotbed of Sukma in Chhattisgarh. Four personnel were also injured in the attack, two of whom are stated to be critical. The incident occurred at 9:15 AM in the dense forests near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station, around 450 kms away from the state capital, when 112 personnel of CRPF’s 219th battalion were out for a road opening task.

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Last year, 21 Maoists, including two top commanders Gajarla Ravi and Chalapati, were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces on the Andhra-Odisha border, dealing a severe blow to the Naxalites in the region.

(With agency inputs)

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