Odisha Police blueprint to curb Red menace

Koraput: Taking note of the gradual weakening of the Maoist outfit with massive surrender of its cadre in the recent past, the Odisha Police today chalked out a slew of measures to further weaken the stronghold of the Red Rebels in the undivided Koraput district.

A high-level meeting, convened by the DIG, South-Western Range, S Saini, discussed about the Maoist situation in Malkangiri district.

The meeting also deliberated on several measures including intensification of anti-Maoist operation, timely completion of Gurupriya bridge and construction of more mobile towers to strengthen communication network.

“The meeting primarily discussed about the coordination of the State police with the Central paramilitary organizations to effectively deal with the left wing ultras”, Saini told reporters after the meeting.

The meeting was attended by the BSF IG, CRPF and CoBRA commandants, SPs of six Maoist-affected districts and senior BSNL officials.

DGM, BSNL, Koraput Division, Sasank Sekhar Mishra, said the meeting discussed about the setting up of more mobile towers in the Maoist-hit districts for better and faster communication network.

It may be mentioned that about 700 Maoist sympathizers have surrendered in Malkangiri district in the last 15 days.

While six top Maoist cadres have been killed in encounter with the police, more than 40 Maoist militias have surrendered before the police till August this year.

As per report of the Union Home ministry, there were a total of 103 cases of Maoist violence in Odisha in 2014 in which 16 people were killed while nine people have died in 45 cases of Maoist violence in the state till August this year.