Bhubaneswar: Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay changed his schedule en route and diverted his chopper to airlift two jawans sustained bullet injury during an anti-Maoist operation.
This morning, DGP Abhay along with Director Intelligence, IG Operation and DIG (SIW) was on his tour to Malkangiri and Koraput districts to review anti-LWE work.
As soon as the DGP reached Sunabeda in Koraput district, he heard the news that two jawans were injured during an-Maoist operation under Gochapada PS of Kandhamal district. And, the IAF (Indian Air Force) helicopter requisitioned for airlifting of the jawans could not make it because of bad weather en route.
Without delaying, Abhay and the Officers changed their programme and diverted the chopper to Padelpada in Boudh to airlift two jawans.
The DGP and senior cops airlifted the injured two jawans to Bhubaneswar. A doctor has accompanied them. Now, both the commandos are under treatment at AIIMS Bhubaneswar and stated to be stable.
“Today morning, there was an exchange of fire between the Odisha police’s SOG jawans and Maoists under Gochapada PS of Kandhamal district. Two of our jawans have been injured and we got information that some Maoists are also injured,” Abhay told reporters here.
“I want to thank the BSF and their pilot. The chopper was not on duty for this service, it was engaged for a tour programme of Odisha police to Malkangiri and Koraput,” he said.
The BSF pilot immediately took an alternative route and landed at a very small place named Padelpada, and successfully airlifted the injured jawans, the DGP pointed out.
He thanked the CRPF jawans for timely rescuing the two jawans and the doctor of Kantamal PHC, who immediately came for the service, even without changing his dress. Meanwhile, operation has been intensified in the area, said IG Operation Amitabh Thakur.