Odisha-AP Police to conduct joint operation against Maoists

Bhubaneswar: Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Police on Friday decided to conduct joint operations and share information to effectively combat the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in the border areas of the two states, officials said.

This was decided in a meeting attended by Odisha DGP R P Sharma, his Andhra Pradesh counterpart R P Thakur and other senior police officers of both the states engaged in anti-maoist operations, they said.

“We discussed on enhancing the interstate coordination and cooperation, particularly conducting joint operations in the core areas like the CutOff area in Malkangiri district to effectively combat and contain the LWE menace,” Sharma said.

He said the inter-state coordination meeting between the two states was fruitful.

The Andhra Pradesh DGP said: “We discussed about infrastructural requirement in that (border) areas whether road connectivity or cell phone connectivity. We have fixed the priority which are the things to be taken up immediately within our governments or with the national government.”

The meeting assumes significance in the backdrop of Maoists last month killing two TDP leaders including a sitting MLA, at a place in Andhra Pradesh, barely 15 km from Odisha border.

The Andhra Pradesh police sources believe that the ultras after the killings, fled to Odisha and Telengana.

“Wide range of issues including antiLWE operations in the interstate border, intelligence collection and sharing of tactical deployment of security forces along the interstate border and such other issues were discussed in the meeting,” said a senior official.

Both sides discussed the emerging LWE scenario in the interstate border following the recent developments in the bordering areas, a senior police officer said.

It also deliberated on the development/infrastructure initiatives to be undertaken in mutual consultation.