Orissa seeks CPMF help

In a bid to infuse confidence among officials and police personnel working in areas hit by left wing extremism in the state, Orissa government has sought the help of Central para-military forces (CPMF) today.

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2010, 22:26 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to infuse confidence
among officials and police personnel working in areas hit by
left wing extremism in the state, Orissa government has sought
the help of Central para-military forces (CPMF) today.

The government in a change of strategy has been
stressing more on developmental activities than fighting
Maoist in their strongholds.

It`s plea for help from the CPMF and the union home
ministry was conveyed to CRPF Director General Vikram
Srivastava and other senior officials at a meeting chaired by
chief secretary T K Mishra here.

"Anti-Maoist operation is a joint effort by the Centre
and the state. We want some operational and developmental
objectives met," Home Secretary A P Padhi told reporters after
the meeting, which was held ahead of the proposed visit of
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to Orissa.

While the state has nine battalions of CPMF comprising
five battalions of BSF and four of CRPF, they are yet to
launch any special anti-Maoist drive apparently in view of the
backlash at Dantewada in Chhatishgarh.

The state expected three more CRPF battalions to arrive
soon. "We will soon have 12 battalions of CPMF in the state,
state," Padhi said adding CRPF chief Srivastava and union home
ministry officials had informed the state government regarding
their requirements at the field.

Besides being engaged in operations, the jawans would
also help the state government in restoring confidence among
government officials, police and common men at Maoist-hit
areas, the Chief Secretary said.

PTI