BHUBANESWAR/KORAPUT: The state police on Sunday sounded a excessive alert within the Maoist-affected districts, particularly the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border areas, a day after the rebels gunned down 22 safety personnel within the neighbouring state.
Apprehending the inflow of Maoists to Odisha, the SPs of Naxal-affected Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Bargarh and Sundargarh districts, which share boundaries with Chhattisgarh, have been requested to step up the vigil.
Director common of police (DGP) Abhay, intelligence director R Ok Sharma and inspector common of police (operations) Amitabh Thakur rushed to Malkangiri on Sunday and reviewed the anti-Maoist methods there.
“I strongly condemn the cowardly assault by Maoists on the safety personnel in Chhattisgarh and categorical my condolences to the bereaved households of the martyrs. We’re alert and are dedicated to wiping out Left-wing extremism (LWE) from Odisha. The Maoist actions in Odisha have come down drastically,” stated Abhay, who additionally took inventory of the counter-LWE scenario in Koraput and Kandhamal districts.
“Presently, the scenario is underneath management and sufficient safety preparations have been made to stop the attainable inflow of Maoists into Malkangiri. Ample forces have been deployed within the susceptible areas and the developments there are being continually monitored,” Malkangiri SP Hrishikesh Khilari stated.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik additionally condemned the assault. Strongly condemn the cowardly assault by Left-wing extremists on our jawans in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. My deepest condolences to the households of the jawans who embraced martyrdom whereas preventing for the nation. Want speedy restoration to the injured, Naveen tweeted.
Odisha Police stated they may intensify the anti-Maoist operations, together with the central forces, and collectively foil the ultras’ attainable tactical counter offensive marketing campaign (TCOC). The police within the Maoist-affected districts have been requested to strictly observe the usual working process (SOP) whereas shifting about in autos.
The state police claimed the LWE menace has considerably come down in the previous few years. At current, altogether 10 (Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Bargarh, Balangir, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Kandhamal, and Sundargarh) of the 30 districts within the state are affected by LWE. A latest report of the Nationwide Crime Information Bureau (NCRB) stated Odisha reported the best variety of crimes by Maoists, regarding offences towards the State and sedition, in 2019.
The state police gunned down 17 Maoists in separate operations in numerous districts final yr. 9 Maoists have been killed within the state in 2019. The Maoists had killed three safety personnel within the state in 2016, 9 in 2017, one every in 2018 and 2019 and two final yr. Altogether 50 and 34 Maoists have been arrested within the state in 2019 and 2020, respectively.