More strategies discussed for anti-naxal operation in unified command Meeting

Bhubaneswar: Top cops of the state on Saturday attended the unified command meeting chaired by Chief Secretary BK Patnaik here to chalk out strategies for anti-Maoist operation in the state. The meeting was attended by top officials including Home Secretary, Additional DG (IB),DGP, IG (Operation), IG (CRPF) and BSF IG.
 
Even though the Maoist menace in the state has decreased considerably, it has not been completely uprooted, the officials stated in the meeting.
 
They discussed regarding the measures to be taken to start operation in Sunabeda area in Saranda style which was emphasized by Union Rural Development Minister Jayaram Ramesh recently. The top officials prioritized the modernization of police force and introduction of modern ammunition for operation.
 
The meeting also featured Center-state coordination and enforcement of Central force to tackle jointly the naxal menace.
 
Currently, eight battalion CRPF, six battalions BSF and one battalion Cobra force have been mobilized where as two more battalions of BSF will be deployed in southern and western part of Odisha soon after Centre provided the force to State.
 
Earlier, Union Home ministry had expressed displeasure over less success rate in operation despite deployment of huge security forces from both Centre and state. The centre had stressed on the major role of the district SPs in conducting anti-Maoist operations.