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DGP warns Maoists of ‘befitting reply’

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 7:

Odisha police have said the Maoists would be given a befitting reply for the reign of terror that they have unleashed in Malkangiri and Koraput districts recently.

DGP presenting memento to CM at passing out parade
DGP presenting memento to CM at passing out parade

“We will give them a befitting reply. Wait and see,” Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra told reporters after the passing out parade of the cadets at the Biju Patnaik State Police Academy here on Tuesday.

Mishra claimed that this was the first tim, the police had got the upper hand over the Maoists in Malkangiri where ultras regularly kill innocent villagers after branding them as police informers.

“As the Maoists are now unable to face the security personnel, they are targeting civilians,” he said adding adequate steps would be taken to contain Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in the area.

While security personnel last year eliminated 23 ultras, the rebels killed 22 civilians and at least seven security personnel including three BSF jawans in an ambush.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government has decided to improve road connectivity in Maoist-hit southern districts to contain the left wing extremists, who have been targeting civilians in certain pockets of these areas.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Unified Command presided over by Chief Secretary J K Mohapatra last night.

The meeting resolved to focus on specific places and also take up road connectivity work to Maoist hit areas like Malkangiri, Koraput, Bolangir, Nuapada, Rayagada, Bargarh, Kalahandi and Nawarangpur districts.

Women cadets at the passing-out parade
Women cadets at the passing-out parade

Besides revisiting the deployment, the unified command meeting also decided to focus on road connectivity and improvement of bridges in the Maoist zones of the state.

“It was also decided in the meeting that the Chief Secretary will take a separate review meeting on road connectivity and development initiatives to be taken up in the Red Corridors,” a senior official said.

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