Tuesday, February 16, 2010

State ready for offensive

Express News Service
First Published : 17 Feb 2010 04:16:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 17 Feb 2010 08:55:00 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: After the Pune blast and the Maoist attack in West Bengal, the State Government is apparently taking no chances. It has decided to upgrade security at important installations and launch offensive against the Maoists at the earliest.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation at a high level meeting here on Tuesday. Director-General of Intelligence Prakash Mishra told mediapersons after the meeting that Orissa is not opposed to the joint operation to be launched against the Left Wing extremists (LWEs).
Operation Green Hunt will be launched as soon as the paramilitary forces arrive. The first batch of five battalions of paramilitary forces will be deployed in South Orissa.
The security forces in Orissa have been alerted following the Maoists’ attack in West Bengal.
Mishra said the incident took place as the forces were in a place which was not secured properly. Orissa has fortified the places in which the striking forces are deployed.
On the situation at K Balang in Sundargarh district where panic-stricken villagers have been sheltered in makeshift camps for fear of Naxal attack, Mishra said people did not return to their villages as the situation has not improved. After deployment of more paramilitary forces, they will return.
Mishra said people squatting in front of the police station were expected to return to the villages on Tuesday. But they could not do so because of inadequate number of security forces.
Chief Secretary T K Mishra said that progress in the recruitment of security personnel, police training and security were reviewed. Describing the meeting as routine, Mishra said that steps to further upgrade the security system in the State were discussed.

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