Friday, June 05, 2009

Security to be tightened in Maoist-infested areas

Kalinga Times Correspondent

Bhubaneswar, June 5: Odisha Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj on Friday said that an additional battalion of Central Reserve Police Force will be deployed in the southern region of the state to tackle the Maoist menace.

Admitting that some pockets in Malkangiri district was under the control of the Left wing extremists, Praharaj said a special action plan had been prepared to fight the Maoists in Malkangiri and other places in the southern region.

Although 17 of the 30 districts in the state had Maoist presence, the districts of Malkangiri and Rayagada will be covered under the special plan, he informed.

The Maoists killed 60 security personnel in the state last year, while only 11 extremists were killed by the police.

As regards law and order situation in Kandhamal, Praharaj said efforts were on to maintain peace in the district by deployment of adequate number of security personnel and other peace initiatives.

About the frequent incidents of crime and murders in Ganjam district, Praharaj said that special efforts were being made to bring the criminals to book.

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