Odisha Police on extreme alert after Maoist killings in Andhra

Bhubaneswar: In view of the high-profile killings by Maoists in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha Police has issued extreme alert in the state.

IG Operation, RP Koche said, “All the police posts and security forces in the state have been put on extreme alert. The Special Operation Group (SOG) has been kept fully prepared to handle any kind of situation.”

Sanjeev Marik, Former DG, said, “This is not a good sign for the future. We have to be more prepared so that they don’t dominate us with their activities.”

Earlier in the day, Maoists shot dead ruling TDP MLA K. Sarveswara Rao and former party leader Siveri Soma in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam district.

The Maoists attacked Rao and the former MLA when they were attending a programme in Araku. Involvement of a large number of Maoists cannot be denied, police sources said.

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Meanwhile, the police is suspecting involvement of the Koraput Zonal Committee of the red rebels and Maoist Ramakrishna alias RK in the high-profile killings. Following the barbaric incident, irate supporters of the MLA have damaged a police station in the area, sources said.

Andhra Pradesh Police has taken up a massive combing operation to nab the extremists responsible for the killings.