Bhubaneswar: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik Monday said the state government has requested Centre
to send extra forces to help tackle Maoists as it lacks
adequate number of forces to deal with them.
"It is a fact that adequate police force is not
available in the state," Patnaik said in the Assembly while
replying to a written question.
The state government had requested Centre to provide
additional forces to curb the menace of Left-wing extremism,
he said, adding the state has been waiting for arrival of more
than 1500 central additional paramilitary personnel.
Pointing out that nine battalions (about 540 personnel in
in one battalion) of central paramilitary force comprising
BSF (5 battalions) and CRPF were deployed in the state,
Patnaik said about 201 platoons (one platoon comprises 30
personnel) of state police were engaged in anti-Naxalite
The state government had been imparting anti-extremist
training to newly-recruited Orissa police personnel and
specialised anti-extremist training was given to police
personnel engaged in anti-Naxalite duties, he said.