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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: In the backdrop of the killing of as many as 22 security personnel by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Odisha police has vowed to intensify the anti-naxal operations with the help of CRPF and forces from the bordering State in the rebel-hit regions in the State.

While condemning the dastardly attack on the jawans by the extremists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, Odisha DGP Abhay said that the State Police will intensify crackdown on Maoist insurgency in Odisha.

“I express my condolences to the bereaved families of the martyrs in Chhattisgarh. I also condemn such cowardly attack on the security personnel. My thoughts are with Chhattisgarh police and CRPF. We all are committed to take down the red-terror. Though the Maoist menace in Odisha has come down drastically, we are all committed to wipe out the insurgency in a united manner,” the DGP said on the sidelines of an award giving ceremony at Sunabeda in Koraput district.

Notably, at least 22 jawans were martyred while dozens injured in an exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda expressed deep anguishes over such dastardly attack.

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