BSF puts an IG to coordinate with Orissa Police

Concerned over the lack of coordination with Orissa police in fight against Maoists in the state, Border Security Force (BSF) today decided to put an officer in the rank of Inspector General (IG) to deal with the situation.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 19:01 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Concerned over the lack of
coordination with Orissa police in fight against Maoists
in the state, Border Security Force (BSF) today decided to put
an officer in the rank of Inspector General (IG) to deal with
the situation.

This was stated by additional director general of BSF
Arabinda Ranjan who met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and
chief secretary B K Patnaik prior to meeting of the state-
level unified command here.

"IG (special operation) will now coordinate with the
state police and camp in Orissa`s Malkangiri district," BSF
ADG Arabinda Ranjan told reporters.

Admitting that the state government had raised some
"concerns" over the force deployment and other matters, Ranjan
said,"Things will now be addressed."

Earlier, Orissa`s chief secretary B K Patnaik had said
that though the state police had a satisfactory coordination
with CRPF, the same was not possible with BSF personnel
deployed in the state.

Stating that he had visited worst Maoist-hit district
like Malkangiri several times, Ranjan said the issue relating
to coordination would be solved soon.

BSF had five battalions (2700 personnel) of jawans
deployed in Orissa`s Malkangiri and Koraput districts to help
the state police to fight against the red rebels.

Though BSF jawans were deployed in the state for
nearly six months, they were yet to participate in different
anti-Maoist operations being carried out by the state police
and CRPF personnel, the state government had said.

PTI