Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay, who will be retiring from his post on December 31 has stressed on formulating a special strategy to combat Maoist extremism in the State.

The DGP was addressing the 63rd Odisha Senior Police Officers' Conference on Thursday.

The conference is being held for three days (till December 19).

The discussions on the first day of the conference, which was inaugurated by Abhay, focused on maintaining law and order, criminal investigations and tackling left-wing extremism in the State. 

The DGP stressed on building unique strategies for bringing down radicalism. Moreover, he also hinted about the method of selecting officers for different combat operations and the probable approach to handle the operations in Naxal infested areas.

During the conference, the senior police official also insisted upon the crucial SOP to be followed during the operations for eliminating the left-wing insurgents.

The DGP also harped on preparing strategies to maintain law and order situations in the State along with bringing down organised crime. The senior police official lay focus on setting up plans to put an end to drugs smuggling, property confiscation of drug smugglers, bringing down crimes against women and children while keeping vigil eyes on the happenings.

During the conference, the DGP also stressed on increasing the terms of punishments, penalties for different crimes and to augment the use of different advanced scientific methods for collecting evidence.

DGP Abhay inaugurated the 3-day conference on virtual mode. Designate Odisha DGP and senior IPS officer Sunil Kumar Bansal was among the virtual attendees.

Other senior police officials who attended the conference included the Additional Director General (DG), Range Inspector General (IG), Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Superintendent of Police (SP) from all districts and the Armed Forces Commandant.