Friday, May 22, 2009

Army to train Orissa Police to counter Maoists

Thursday, May 21, 2009 c

Bhubaneswar: The Indian Army has evinced interest to impart training to the Orissa police to tackle growing Maoist menace in the state. It was announced by Lieutenant General J.K. Mohanty, commanding-in-charge, Central Command at Bhubaneswar on Thursday. Mr. Mohanty said Army is ready to provide all required training to uproot the left wing extremism in Orissa. In fact, we have begun working on it.
However, the commanding-in-charge clearly denied to be engaged in a direct war with the red rebels as the state government is initiating steps to control the situation. "Two battalions of special strike forces have been established in the state and soon another battalion of COBRA force will be formed to counter the left wing extremism," Mohanty added.

Meanwhile, the special Army transit accommodation at 120 Infantry Battalion in Bhubaneswar will cater to the requirement of accommodation for officers, jawans and their families. Similarly, the state government has also allotted half acres of land for the establishment of a holiday home at Puri.

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