19 Odisha districts are Maoist prone: CM

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today informed the State Assembly that 19 out of 30 districts of Odisha are Maoist prone.

In a written reply to a question by Congress member Kailash Kulesika, the chief minister said 45 Maoists have been killed and 80 arrested in 55 encounters since 2015 till November this year. Besides, 5 BSF jawans among 7 security personnel have been killed during encounter with the Maoists during the period, he added.

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The chief minister also said during the period, 94 Maoists have surrendered of which 44 have been rehabilitated under surrender rehabilitation policy.

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