Centre warns state on rising naxal activities

Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over the rising naxal movement in Odisha, the Centre on Thursday wrote a letter to the state asking to step up anti-Maoist operations. The Home Ministry’s letter said, since there was no apprehension from the Maoists following the release of two Italians and MLA Jhina Hikaka, the state government must start combing operations, which were stalled after the twin hostage crisis.

Respecting intelligence inputs about activities of the red rebels, the state must start these operations with immediate effect, it said, mentioning Odisha was the only state where naxal activities were rising in alarming rate. According to intelligence inputs, the ultras have started expanding their dens in the dense forests of western Odisha and taking advantage of the porous security along the state border, Maoists from bordering Andhra Pradesh and Chhatisgarh were planning to establish camps in Nuapada and Bolangir districts.

Since the Centre has information about the Maoists’ suspected target on the coal and iron ore mines of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh, the state must act accordingly, the letter warned.