CRPF top brass meet Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik

CRPF`s top brass met Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik for logistics support ahead of anti-Maoist operations in the state following the "lesson" learnt from the last month`s Dantewada massacre.

Last Updated: May 08, 2010, 17:35 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: CRPF`s top brass met Orissa
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for logistics support ahead of
anti-Maoist operations in the state following the "lesson"
learnt from the last month`s Dantewada massacre.

"CRPF`s top-ranking officers had a meeting with the chief
minister for about half-an-hour last night on force deployment
and essential facilities for them in the state ahead of the
operations," a senior CRPF official said to a news agency.

"The Dantewada massacre has taught us a big lesson. A
small mistake could lead to high casualty. Our bosses don`t
want to take chances before anti-Maoist operations here," he
said.

CRPF Director General Bikram Srivastav asked the state
government to provide places for camps during the operations
and transport for personnel.

Orissa Chief Secretary T K Mishra said "We have asked
collectors and SPs of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and
Gajapti districts to provide suitable space to the forces for
setting up camps besides buses for transport."

Srivastav and Special DG CRPF Vijay Raman also held talks
with DGP Manmohan Praharaj, DG (Intelligence) Prakash Mishra
and other senior officers engaged in anti-Maoist operations.

BSF special DG R K Medhakar had earlier held discussion
on operational details in Malkangiri and Koraput districts.

While five battalions (about 3,000 personnel) of BSF
personnel were deployed in Maoist-hit Malkangiri and Koraput
districts, four battalions were stationed in other Naxal-
affected districts like Rayagada, Gajapati, Sambalpur,
Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar.

Three more CRPF battalions would arrive in the state
soon, an official added.

PTI