A particular anti-Naxal operations squad of the Border Safety Pressure (BSF) on Sunday marked Independence Day by hoisting the nationwide flag for the primary time at a newly-created base in a distant Maoist violence-hit area of Odisha, officers mentioned.
The corporate working base (COB) of the border guarding power is situated at Mohupadar, about 90 km from the district headquarters and deep contained in the jungles alongside the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border.
The bottom, manned by the troops of the a hundred and sixtieth BSF battalion, was operationalised on Might 28 as a part of increasing the footprints of the safety forces in among the most troubled Naxal violence-affected areas of the state and simultaneous ushering of improvement works.
The Mohupadar area and its adjoining areas have been witnessing quite a few Naxal violence incidents, together with the destruction of colleges, panchayat buildings and even a police station some years again, a senior BSF officer mentioned.
The safety forces have additionally confronted various Naxal ambushes and assaults.
After the paramilitary power determined to create this base, he mentioned hyperlink roads to attach it was created and bettered.
BSF deputy inspector normal based mostly at its sector headquarters in Malkangiri, SK Singh, and Commandant of the 160 battalions Tirtha Acharya together with the village ‘sarpanch’, police officers and locals participated within the flag hoisting ceremony on the new base, the officer mentioned.
“That is the primary time the flag is being hoisted at this base on the event of Independence Day because it has been established and operationalised solely in Might this yr.
“The power goals to boost the sense of safety among the many locals and produce improvement within the area,” the officer mentioned.
The BSF, the nation’s largest border guarding power with a power of about 2.65 lakh personnel, is primarily tasked to protect Indian fronts with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Additionally it is deployed for conducting anti-Naxal operations within the Left Wing Extremism affected states of Chhattisgarh and in Odisha, the place it was deployed from 2010.