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High alert in Odisha post Chhattisgarh attack

High alert in Odisha post Chhattisgarh attack
In the wake of Naxal attacks on securitymen in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh, a high alert was sounded in Maoist-hit districts of Odisha, particularly in the southern region, on Tuesday.

The police have been put on alert in Maoist-affected districts, particularly in areas bordering Chhattisgarh, Director General of Police (DGP), Sanjeev Marik said. Superintendents of Police in Maoist-hit districts have been asked to keep a close watch on the movement of suspicious people, he said.

Police apprehend that the left-wing ultras might cross over to Odisha’s Maoist-hit areas, following
intensified search operation in the neighboring state after violence in the past three days in Sukma, Dantewada and Kanker districts.

The SPs of all Naxal-hit districts are on high alert in view of possibility of cross-border movement of Maoists from Chhattisgarh, Inspector General of Police (South West), YK Jethwa said. While the emphasis is on strict adherence to standard operating procedure (SOP), intelligence network has also been strengthened, he said

CPI (Maoist) cadre from Chhattisgarh were trying their best to strengthen the organisation in border areas of Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh and Rayagada after the arrest of Sabyasachi Panda, founder leader of Odisha Maobadi Party (OMP) on July 17, last year, police suspected.

“Combing operation has been intensified in Kandhamal district, following the incidents in Chhattisgarh. We have also asked our personnel to maintain strict vigil in vulnerable areas,” said SP (Kandhamal) KV Singh.

“Search was conducted in the long-route vehicles passing through the district, while anti-Maoist operation intensified,” added SP (Gajapati) S.Nayak. He, however, ruled out engaging more forces in the anti-Maoist operation.

Singh against deploying army in maoist areas

Union Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) VK Singh on Tuesday opposed deployment of the Army in Maoist-hit areas, saying the use of armed forces against “our own citizens” would “tarnish” its image. “There are lots of things to do to overcome the menace of Maoism. Deploying the Army is not the answer. If armed forces are deployed there (Maoist-hit areas), they will shoot our own citizens. This would tarnish the reputation and image of the Army,” he said. This comes in the wake of Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh.


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