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Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Monday said at least 43 people have died in police custody and 165 persons killed in the exchange of fire with security personnel in the State in the last 10 years.

Minister of State for Home, Dibya Shankar Mishra said this in the Assembly while replying to the questions of BJP member Jayanarayan Mishra.

"Forty-three people have died in police custody since 2010," Dibya Shankar said.

In reply to another question, the minister said, "A total of 165 people were killed and 187 others injured in the exchange of fire with the police in Odisha from January 2010 till November 20, 2019."

The Minister, while replying to another question by Congress member Santosh Singh Saluja, informed the House that three Odisha police personnel, as many number of central force and 11 civilians were killed in exchange of fire between Maoists and security personnel from 2015 to 2019.

He said 15 districts of Odisha are affected by the Maoist activities in the state.

The districts are: Angul, Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Sundergarh, he informed the assembly.

He said a total of 115 exchanges of fire took place between Maoists and security personnel between 2015 and 2019 (October 31).

Dibya Shankar said the State government has implemented a good Surrender and Rehabilitation Scheme to bring the Maoists into the mainstream.

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