CM reviews law and order situation in state

Bhubaneswar: After the state government acceded to 14 demands of the Maoists in exchange of Malkangiri Collector R Vineel Krishna’s release, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday reviewed law and order situation in the state.

The meeting was attended by chief secretary, home secretary, DGP and other senior officials here.

The nine-day hostage crisis had put the state government in a compelling situation to review the anti-Maoist strategy. According to sources, anti-Maoist strategy topped today’s agenda as there has been resurgence of Maoist activities in the state despite the state government acceding to demands of ultras to secure release of Malkangiri Collector.

Though there hasn’t been any major onslaught after the conditional agreement, the arrest of top Maoist leader Chandra Bhusanam alias Ghasi and three of his aides from Semiliguda in Koraput is being seen as a prize catch for the state police.

Notably, the ultra played a key role in R Udaygiri jail and police station attack in which around 500-strong rebels looted the police armoury and freed more than 40 cadres from the jail. After executing the attack, the Maoists abducted the IIC and sub jailor.

The arrest of Ghasi and reports of Maoist training camps at Binchuna hills under Baragarh police limits in Ganjam district indicates the augmentation of Red activities. Besides, recovery of explosives and weapons from a Maoist camp near Liping under Daitari police limits in Keonjhar after a joint operation by state police and CRPF personnel signifies rise in Maoist activities. 

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at Koraput jail to counter possible recurrence of R Udaygiri jail attack incident. The members of the outlawed group also put up posters asking release of Ghasi which has heightened concerns of the police department.