52 civilians killed in Orissa in two years

Last Updated: Monday, June 28, 2010 - 22:40

Bhubaneswar: At least 52 civilians were
killed by Maoist ultras in the last two years in Orissa, Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik said today.

A total 24 and 28 civilians were killed by Maoists in
2008 and 2009 respectively and the state government provided
Rs 2 lakh to the families of each of the dead, he told the
assembly.

This apart, families who lost their members in the
Maoist attack were also eligible to get Rs 3 lakh under the
Central scheme for assistance to civilian victims of
terrorists, communal and Naxal violence.

There was, however, no provision of giving government
jobs to the families of victims of Naxal violence, Patnaik,
who also holds the home portfolio, said.

In its bid to tackle Maoist menace, the state government
has raised four Special Security Battalions and Orissa Special
Striking Force comprising ex-service men who have been
deployed in the Naxal infested areas, he pointed out.

Besides appointing 5000 tribal youths as special police
officers, the state government had strengthened special
operation group and special intelligence wing, Patnaik said
adding anti-extremist training has been made mandatory for all
directly recruited officers in the state police.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 - 22:40

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