Thursday, January 24, 2008

ORISSA : Ultras misguiding tribals: DGP

Wednesday January 23 2008 11:07 IST

MALKANGIRI: Director-General of Police Gopal Nanda on Tuesday called for strengthening internal security in the southern districts to stop further insurgency.

Talking to the media during a surprise visit to the district on Tuesday, the DGP blamed the Left Wing extremists for misguiding the innocent and illiterate tribals.

The tribals residing in the remote, inaccessible and interior pockets of the district do not know politics and thus get easily influenced, he added.

Nanda’s visit, which assumes significance in view of the arrest of three Maoist cadres, including Salbam Mukta of Chhattisgarh from Motu area on Monday, was reportedly kept secret for security reasons.

The DGP reviewed the ongoing security measures being taken in Malkangiri district to combat Naxalism with senior officials, including SP Satish Kumar Gajbhiye and would hold talks with the Government on construction of the Motu bridge over the River Saveri, providing better road communication facilities and ensuring socio-economic development of the tribal people in the district.

Later, Nanda also garlanded the statues of the ‘saheed’ jawans on the police guesthouse premises.

Additional DGP cum-Police Housing Board Chairman Prakash Mishra and Director (Intelligence) M M Praharaj accompanied him. Earlier, Nanda air-dashed to Malkangiri in a special copter.

Parlakhemundi: The DGP also made a whirlwind tour of Gajapati district on Tuesday.

He was accompanied by the Intelligence Director and Police Housing Corporation CMD P K Mishra. They reviewed the law and order situation, including Naxal activities. Here too, the visit was kept secret. The DGP also visited some pockets.

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