Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Government response ‘as usual’

Governor M C Bhandare addressing the first day of the 14th Assembly session/Shamim.Express News Service First Published : 09 Jun 2009 03:10:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 09 Jun 2009 11:10:20 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Hours after Maoists sent a chilling message from Boipariguda, the State Government today came out with the rituals. It claimed that fortification of police establishment and armouries have been undertaken in all sensitive areas. Last night, the Naxalites blew up three police stations and outposts in Koraput district, the hotbed of Left Wing extremism.

Manpower at 83 Naxal-affected police stations, the Government said, has been substantially augmented.

And 2,100 tribal youths have been recruited as special police officers (SPOs) from Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput and Kandhamal districts, Governor M C Bhandare said, addressing the first session of the 14th Assembly on the opening day.

Bhandare said a decision has been taken to establish 95 new and five marine police stations in the State.

The strength of the special operations group (SOG) has been upgraded with creation of 878 additional posts in different categories and the recruitment process for the 4th and 5th India Reserve Battalions (IRB) has been completed.

On steps taken to augment the security forces to fight the Left Wing Extremists (LWEs), Bhandare said the Centre has sanctioned establishment of one counter-insurgency battalion for resolute action (COBRA) in Koraput so that response in Naxal induced violence and other types of calamities is fast and effective.

Besides, the State Government has taken several steps for modernisation of police by acquiring new vehicles, modern weapons and ammunition.

Modern training facilities, forensic examinations, bomb detenction equipment, sabotage sensitising, acquisition of modern equipment for general police and traffic police are some measures taken to strengthen the security forces.

Bhandare said the situation in Kandhamal district is peaceful at present with the State police, CRPF and para-military forces keeping a strict vigil. As a result, the urban body elections in 2008 and the last general elections passed off smoothly in the district, he said.

The rehabilitation and restoration measures are being implemented diligently by the district administration, he added.

The Governor announced the Government’s decision to set up 30 additional fire stations in the current year, while 21 new jails have been constructed and fortification of 10 prisons have been made to improve prison administration.

Cell phone jammers have been installed at Circle Jail in Choudwar and Special Jail in Bhubaneswar. Besides, video conferencing system has been introduced at circle jails in Choudwar and Berhampur and Special Jail, Bhubaneswar, he said, adding that close circuit television system has been installed for strengthening security in eight jails of the State.

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