Saturday, June 06, 2009

ORISSA: Anti-Maoist action plan unveiled

Express News Service
First Published : 06 Jun 2009 11:12:33 AM ISTLast Updated : 06 Jun 2009 12:15:27 PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has submitted a special action plan to the Centre to deal with the increased activities of the Naxalites during the last two months. The Naxalites have killed at least six persons in Koraput and Malkangiri in recent times leading to apprehensions that some areas have slipped out of the hands of the State administration. DGP Manmohan Praharaj, however, asserted that no area in the State, including Malkangiri, has slipped out of the hands of the administration as is alleged. He admitted that in some areas close to Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh borders, the situation is serious because of the high altitude.

The special action plan envisages construction of roads, helipads and bridging infrastructure gaps. Security hubs will be created in the affected areas to help police launch offensive against the Naxalites in a more coordinated manner. The Rs 12-crore action plan will be implemented in Malkangiri and Rayagada districts now, the DGP said.

Fighting the Naxalites has become tough because of lack of infrastructure, admitted Praharaj. Intelligence failure is not always the reason behind the apparent success of the Left Wing Extremists (LWEs). It sometimes becomes difficult to launch an operation even if the police had information, because of infrastructural deficiencies, Praharaj added. One battalion, nearly 1,000 personnel, of Central force, deployed in northern part of the State, will be shifted to the southern region mostly in undivided Koraput district to deal with the sudden spurt in Naxalite activities, the DGP said.

The State Government has recruited 400 tribal youths to fill vacancies in police stations in these areas. To a question on the secret behind Andhra Pradesh’s success in tackling the menace, the DGP said once the capacity building is complete in Orissa, things will be easy for the security personnel to curb violence. While at least 60 security personnel were killed by the Maoists during the last two years, the police could eliminate only 11 Naxalites during the period, he said, adding that the fight against the Maoists is different from fighting enemies on the border.On killing of people by Naxals on suspicion of being police informers, the DGP said `no police informer is killed.’ They kill innocent people and say the victim was a police informer.

The police has no informer from among the public, he said. Orissa police has always respected human rights even while dealing with the Naxalites, Praharaj claimed. There is no serious human rights violation case against Orissa police, he said

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