Bhubaneswar: With Maoists expanding their
network in Orissa, the state government on Friday decided to
strengthen the elite anti-Naxal Special Operation Group(SOG)
by raising another 35 units and a CISF-like force, besides
filling vacant posts of officers.
This was decided at a meeting of the home department
chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, official sources
"Besides strengthening SOG, we have also sought more
jawans from the central para-military force(CPMF)," Home
Secretary U N Behera told reporters after the meeting.
SOG now has 50 units and another 35 units would be
added to increase its strength, he said.
The state government also decided to raise a special
State Industrial Security Force along the lines of CISF. "The
crime branch of police, which had been dealing with important
crimes, would now have an economic offence wing," he said.
Besides, 788 vacant posts of police officers and about 5,200
posts of constables would be filled this year.
Behera said the government has also decided to
regularise the service of the special police officers who have
completed three years in service.
At least 12 battalions of CPMF are now deployed in
the state while two more battalions could arrive here soon,
the sources said.