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We had proposed shifting of CRPF camps earlier, says Odisha DGP

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 15:

Director General of Police Sanjiv Marik today said that the Odisha Police had proposed the CRPF to shift its base camps to the Maoist-prone districts much earlier.

Sanjeev Marik, DGP
Sanjeev Marik, DGP

“The state police, basing on the intelligence inputs, had proposed to the CRPF to shift its base camp from Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Ganjam districts since the Maoist activities in these districts has drastically come down. We had suggested the CRPF to put up its base camp in the Kandhamal and Sunabeda forest area in Nuapada district where the left wing ultras are presently active. But the CRPF had not considered the proposal,” Marik told newsmen here.

He, however, said that the CRPF has shifted two of its platoons to these Maoist-prone districts about 3-4 months ago and has planned to deploy more forces.

Marik also said that the state police had discussion in this regard with the CRPF personnel at the IG level meeting recently.

The statement of the DGP has come in the wake of the announcement made in this regard by the newly appointed CRPF DG Prakash Mishra at a press briefing two days ago.

Mishra, during his two -day visit to the state, had gone to Gnajam and Rayagada districts to review the situation with top officials of the CRPF and the state police.