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R Udayagiri attack; Red alert sounded in South Orissa

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Berhampur (Orissa), Mar 25 (UNI) Red alert has been sounded in the entire south Orissa following the daring attack of the Maoists in R Udayagiri in Gajapati district on Friday.

The sleepy town has now virtually turned into a police camp and the borders of Gajapati with bordering Andhra Pradesh have been sealed.

The police have sounded red alert in Ganjam, Kandhamala and Boudh.

A thorough checking of every vehicle entering into these districts are being conducted, official sources said.

The Police have not yet traced the whereabouts of two hostages Officer-in-Charge R Udayagiri police station Ranjan Mallick and Jailor of the Sub Jail Rabinarayan Sethi taken by the Maoists.

The combing operation by the police in association with the Orissa State Armed Police (OSAP) 3rd Battalion has turned futile on the second day.

A Special Operation Group (SOG) would soon reach Gajapati to rescue the two government employees, Southern Range Deputy Inspector General of Police S K Upadhyaya said.

The DIG remained tight lipped about the future course of action of the police to tackle the situation and safe release of the two hostages.

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