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State seeks more forces, funds for anti-Maoist operations

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New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Sep 26:

The Odisha government on Wednesday urged the Centre to deploy more Central forces and logistic supports and provide adequate financial assistance for effective and successful operations against the Maoist ultras.
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Raising the state’s security related issues at a meeting of the chief secretaries and DGPs of nine Maoist-hit states convened by the Union Home ministry in New Delhi, the official delegation from Odisha including chief secretary JK Mohapatra, DGP Prakash Mishra and home secretary Vipin Kumar Saxena informed the conference that the Maoists are crossing over to Odisha in large numbers due to heavy deployment of security forces in the neighbouring Chhattishgarh.

Taking this into consideration, the state needs two additional battalions of Central forces for deployment in Nuapada, Bargarh and Balangir districts, they said.

Besides, the delegation also asked the ministry to provide a helicopter, preferably an MI-17, to add more precision to the anti-Maoist operations. It also demanded funds for the development of roads and telecommunications in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts to fight the red rebels.

Presiding over the meeting, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde asked the state representatives to ensure coordination among different paramilitary forces and the State police to carry out the inter-state operations smoothly.

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