Rise in Maoist activities, but no additional forces for Odisha: CRPF DG

Rourkela: Contradictory to a recent statement of newly appointed Director-General of Police (DGP) Kunwar Brajesh Singh, CRPF Director General Prakash Mishra on Thursday said Maoist activities have increased in Kalahandi and Kandhamal districts. Mishra who was here to review anti-Maoist operation however said additional forces can’t be deployed in the region to tame their activities.

“We know there is a demand from the State government for more forces. But in the current scenario, it would not be possible to provide more forces for Odisha,” Mishra said.

The official however stated the deployment was possible only from the direction of Ministry of Home Affairs.

“The Ministry (Home) is actively considering the State government’s proposal to engage more personnel in the Maoist-hit areas. If it directs, we can deploy additional forces in the region by withdrawing from other areas,” he added.

On increasing Maoist activities, Mishra said forces are being moved to Boudh, Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts following reports that their infiltration from neighbouring States have risen.

“We are deploying forces in the districts to contain the menace,” he said.

On November 22, despite admitting that a large number of Maoists have sneaked into Odisha due to heightened security in panchayat poll bound Jharkhand, Singh had claimed presence of Maoists has come down and only 11 districts are now affected by the Maoist menace.

The police are focussing on two-fold approach by keeping the momentum of anti-Naxal operations on and ensuring maximum local area development with job opportunities and improvement of socio-economic conditions, he had stated.