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35 Greyhounds after flash attack by Maoists
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35 Greyhounds after flash attack by Maoists

Red strike at Sileru, Boat capsizes

Hyderabad, June 29, 2008

In a major blow to the police, nearly 35 personnel of the elite anti-Naxal force, Greyhounds went missing after they came under heavy fire from Maoists while crossing a narrow passage close to the Ballmela-Sileru reservoir near Malkangiri village on the Orissa-Andhra Boarder on a boat today. The boat capsized, taking down with it the policemen. Unconfirmed reports say five bodies have been recovered.

Immediately after receiving the information on the incident, senior police officials sought the help of the Navy and two of its helicopters were flown down for rescue operations. According to police sources, nearly 50 Greyhounds personnel who were conducting combing operations on the Andhra Orissa Boarder were returning to the mainland on a single boat. They were also accompanied by two policemen from Orissa.

Around 8.30am, they were suddenly attacked by two Maoist groups perched atop nearby hills. The Maoists fired indiscriminately on the police personnel who, taken by surprise, retaliated but the boat capsized. The Maoists approached the distressed boat in another vessel and fired indiscriminately. The personnel had no option but jump into the deep reservoir. The exchange of fire went on for nearly half an hour. Police officials said nearly 24 police personnel swam in different directions and reached the shore safely. The fate of the remaining are yet to be known.

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