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Left wing extremism a major concern: Odisha CM

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 8:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today admitted that Left Wing Extremism (LWE) continues to be a “major concern” for the state.

Naveen Patnaik

“Though we have been able to contain the menace to the areas bordering our neighbouring states, the recent movement and activities of  Maoist cadres in the districts of Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Boudh is worrisome,” said Patnaik while addressing the annual Senior Police Officers’ Conference 2016 here today.

“We should handle this new development effectively. We have already created adequate resources in terms of manpower, equipment and other logistics supplemented by the deployment of CAPFs. There is no reason why the police leadership cannot counter the inroads made by the Maoists into the central Odisha,” he added.

The Chief Minister asked the SPs and senior officials in the headquarters to fight the menace with renewed enthusiasm and commitment backed by meticulous planning. He also advised them to take special interest to ensure timely payment of personal claims of police personnel who die in harness.