No combing operation in Orissa till peace prevails: BK Patnaik

Abiding by its commitments made to the Maoist-selected mediators, Orissa Government said there would be no coercive action by security forces as long as the ultras did not indulge in any unlawful activity.

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 18:04 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Abiding by its commitments
made to the Maoist-selected mediators, Orissa Government said on Saturday said there would be no coercive action by security forces as
long as the ultras did not indulge in any unlawful activity.

"We have stopped combing operation in the state
according to the agreement with the mediators. No coercive
action will be taken unless Maoists indulge in unlawful
activity," Chief Secretary BK Patnaik told reporters.

Stating that the state government would honour the
commitments it made during negotiation with the mediators on
February 22, the chief secretary said there was no need of
using force if situation remained peaceful.

Defending the Malkangiri Collector, R Vineel Krishna,
he said the young IAS officer had gone to interior pockets to
supervise developmental works when the abduction took place.

"Unless there is a big threat, security is not needed
for a government official visiting any area," Patnaik said.

He, however, maintained that an official could take
security personnel if there was specific threat on him/her.

PTI