Bhubaneswar: In a bid to fine tune anti-Maoist strategy, the BSF Director General today visited the naxal-hit south Orissa and reviewed the situation with personnel of the central para-military force deployed in the region.
BSF DG Raman Srivastav, together with senior officers of the force, reviewed the situation in the Maoist bastion during his visit to places like Kalimela and Balimela in Malkangiri district, official sources said.
Besides holding detailed discussions with members of the force deployed in Kalimela and other places, Srivastav met officials at the district headquarter town of Malkangiri, they said.
Besides adding teeth to and fine tuning strategies to combat Maoists in the worst affected Malkangiri and adjoining Koraput districts, the BSF DG`s visit is seen as a move towards enhancing coordination with Orissa police in the anti-naxal operations.
After gauging the ground situation in areas where BSF jawans are deployed, Srivastav is likely to meet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and senior officials at Bhubaneswar tomorrow, sources said.
With about 18 of Orissa`s 30 districts affected by Maoists, 12 battalions of central para-military force (CPMF) have been deployed in different areas to assist the state police to fight against ultras.
While BSF has five battalions, seven battalions of CRPF personnel were stationed in the state, they said adding three BSF battalions are deployed in Malkangiri while two are in Koraput.