CRPF relocation in Odisha soon: Mishra

Bhubaneswar: A day after expressing satisfaction over the anti-Naxal operations in Odisha, Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Prakash Mishra today revealed that forces would be removed from the less sensitive areas to bolster force presence in Naxal-prone pockets of the state.

“The presence of Maoists has come down considerably in districts like Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Ganjam. But, in the recent past their activities have increased alarmingly in regions like Sunabeda and Nuapara. We need to redeploy forces in these areas after removing from less sensitive regions,” Mishra told mediapersons.

Addressing a press conference here, the official said, “Since the left wing extremists keep on changing their plans to escape from the intelligence radar, strategic rethinking is needed to curb Maoist menace.”

When asked about the recent surface of a video showing Maoists training hard to shoot down copters in Chhatisgarh, the top cop promptly said, “These are nothing new. Such video clippings are in our cognizance and every precautionary security measure is being taken by us.”

The video, which had gone viral in the social networking sites few days back, apparently heightened threat perception in strife-torn Bastar zone of Chhattisgarh.