Friday, June 12, 2009

Centre not cooperating in tackling Maoists: Naveen

Bhubaneswar, June 10: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday accused the Centre of not cooperating with his government in combating Maoists.

"We are trying our best to tackle Maoist extremism. But the Centre is not cooperating," Patnaik said replying to an adjournment motion moved by Congress on attacks by Maoists, including the blowing up of two police stations and an out-post in Koraput district on Sunday night.

"Instead of providing more force to tackle the Maoist violence, the Centre has withdrawn 48 (about 4800 personnel) of the 76 CRPF companies deployed in the state," he said.

The Chief Minister claimed that the government had been successful in utilising funds provided by Centre for security related expenditure and police modernisation.

Pointing out that police were successful in arresting Asutosh, Central Committee member and head of eastern politburo of CPI (Maoist), he said, "it is viewed as one of the most spectacular achievements in the country's anti-naxal campaign in recent times."

Asutosh, currently in jail, was allegedly involved in over 200 killings in Orissa and Jharkhand. He had also allegedly masterminded the Nayagarh attack and the killing of Swami Laxamananda Saraswati, both in 2008, Patnaik said.

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