52 civilians killed in Orissa in two years
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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.


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

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