Monday, April 23, 2007

Police complete training to counter Naxals

Rourkela, April 23 (PTI): As part of government's move to counter Naxal threat in the state, 53 police personnel of fourth battalion of the Orissa Special Armed Police (OSAP) have successfully completed training at the Anti- Terrorism Centre (ATC) here.

This is the first batch of trainees who underwent training at the newly established centre, officials said.

"The jawans had been trained on the lines of Grey Hound personnel," Inspector General of Police (Operation) S S Hansda said during the passing out parade.

The IGP, who took the salute, expressed hope that the jawans would boldly stand against the challenge of left wing extremism.

Hansda, during his two day tour to the area, also reviewed the security scenario in the Naxal-infested western range with senior officials.

The senior police officer underscored the need of strengthening surveillance and intelligence in the Naxal-hit Orissa-Jharkhand border areas to keep track of the movements of the ultras, sources said.

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