Friday, July 03, 2009

ORISSA: State seeks 7 more CRPF platoons

Express News Service First Published : 03 Jul 2009 04:18:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reiterated the demand for seven more companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for deployment in the Naxal-affected districts in the State.

While four of these will be engaged in the Naxal-affected districts, three will be deployed in border areas of the neighbouring states, Andhra Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Jharkhand. All the three states are Naxal-affected.

The issue was discussed between the Chief Minister and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram when the latter visited the State recently to review the security preparedness of Orissa.

Naveen has also strongly opposed the withdrawal of CRPF from Kandhamal. The two leaders had discussed the necessity for deployment of Central force in the riot-affected district during Chidambaram’s visit here. Naveen expressed his surprise over the fact that soon after his visit to New Delhi, CRPF has been withdrawn from Kandhamal. Naveen has demanded that central forces should be redeployed in Kandhamal immediately.

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