Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 2:
Taking note of the growing Maoist activities in the neighbouring states bordering Odisha, the state government today urged the Centre to provide two additional battalions of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to contain the spread of left wing extremism.
“In the current scenario of Maoists activities in Odisha, the situation continues to remain challenging in the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput and Nuapada. The CPI (Maoist) still maintains resilience and poses a clear threat to the security forces in the areas bordering Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand states,” said chief minister Naveen Patnaik in a letter to Union Home minister Rajnath Singh.
Justifying his contention, Patnaik said intelligence inputs indicate that the Maoists have been trying to consolidate their position in western Odisha, particularly in Nuapada district, for quite some time. A large number of cadres have moved in from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to the district.
Stating that additional battalions of (CAPF) are likely to be inducted in Chhattisgarh state soon which is likely to cause further cross border movement of armed Maoist groups into Odisha from the Chhattisgarh side, he said deployment of more security forces will become absolutely necessary in Odisha-Chhattisgarh border to counter the intrusion of the red rebels into Odisha.
The present deployment of forces in Nuapada district is inadequate to conduct meaningful operations and restrict the movement of the Maoists. Besides, there is a need to augment the presence of security forces in Malkangiri district to effectively to get hold of the Maoist stronghold and conduct sustained anti-Maoist operations”, Patnaik said in his letter to the Union minister.
“Considering the above, two additional CAPF battalions are urgently required to supplement the deployment in Nuapada and Malkangiri districts across Chhattisgarh border and conduct meaningful anti-Maoist operations in the new areas of Maoist activity”, he added.