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Ramakanta Biswas

Koraput: Odisha police chief Abhay appreciated the anti-Maoist and anti-cannabis initiatives of Koraput police during his visit to the district on Saturday.

Abhay, who is the Director General of Police (DGP), accompanied by other senior officers of State Police reviewed the LWE scenario, anti-Naxal Operations in the district, anti-Cannabis initiatives of the district police and other issues. He interacted with the senior officers of the district police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and reviewed the security response as well as developmental activities going on in the area.

“About 40,000 kg of ganja were seized by the district police in the last one year while 60 lakh cash were seized from the smugglers. Besides, 83 lakh cash in bank account of the smugglers were frozen,” the DGP said.

“Such massive success was not achieved in Koraput in the last 10 years. I appreciate the SP and his team for massive crackdown on ganja trade. It  has weaken the smuggling of narcotics,” Abhay added.

The top cop also interacted with police Corona warriors and field officers and appreciated their good work. He issued appreciation certificates to Corona Warriors who joined duty after recovering from Covid19.

The DGP reviewed the LWE situation in Malkangiri district which remains one of the traditionally strong bastions of the ultras.

Despite progressive improvement in the situation due to proactive security response and developmental interventions, LWE menace remains challenging in parts of the district particularly in Swabhiman Anchal (cut-off area), Tulsi Dongri area and to an extent Kalimela region.

During the period from 2018 onwards, 10 hardcore CPI (Maoist) cadres have been neutralised in the district, 45 arrested and 34 others surrendered. Besides, large quantity of arms and ammunition have been recovered from the hideouts of CPI (Maoist). Recently, arms manufacturing unit of the outfit was busted by the security forces.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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