Pradeep Pattanayak

The anti-Maoist movement in Odisha is going to have more teeth as Odisha police has decided to procure sophisticated weapons including corner shot weapons and ultra-modern drones. 

A decision regarding the procurement of sophisticated weapons and drones was taken at a high-level meeting recently held. 

Weapons like corner shot weapons and ultra-modern drones are being viewed to make a difference in the fight against the Red Rebels. 

The operator of corner shot weapon can easily see his enemy and fix his target.  The shooter can shoot the aimed target on the right or left or even in any corner without coming to the front of the enemy. 

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The weapon’s bent barrel with a straight butt helps its operator open fire at the target from one angle of the right side to the left side. The camera fitted with the weapon can rotate 90 degrees. It is equipped with a day & night camera, an invisible laser with tactical flashlight. 

Similarly, as per the decision taken at the meeting, the Odisha Police will procure six ultra-modern drones. These days, the Odisha Police is already using drones in the Naxal menace. But they are facing problems in night operations. The high-tech drones set to be procured can be used during the night as well. It is viewed that these drones will go a long way in improving surveillance in Mao-infested areas. 

After the meeting, which was attended by officers of the Intelligence Department, the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and SPs of the Mao-infested districts, DGP Sunil Bansal informed that a special emphasis has been laid on modernisation of the police force. 

While informing that the police department’s major focus is presently on Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Boudh districts as they have emerged as the new flash point of Maoist activities, he appreciated the SPs of Koraput and Malkangiri for their leadership in bringing down the Naxal activities to zero in the last one-and-a-half years.