Security forces to stay in Orissa`s Maoist-hit areas
Though Orissa government has stopped combing operations against Maoists, it has no plan to withdraw central para-military forces or police from areas dominated by red rebels, official sources said.
Bhubaneswar: Though Orissa government has
stopped combing operations against Maoists, it has no plan to
withdraw central para-military forces or police from areas
dominated by red rebels, official sources said on Wednesday.
This was decided at a meeting chaired by chief
minister Naveen Patnaik last evening.
The state government would not withdraw forces though
it announced to halt combing operations since February 20
following abduction of Malkangiri district collector R Vineel
Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi, a senior home
department official said.
Though there had been poster campaigning by ultras in
many parts of the state including Koraput and Malkangiri, no
untoward incident was reported during the past 10 days, he
said adding the government had decided to adopt a policy of
"wait and watch" before taking any further step.
"According to commitments made to the mediators, the
state government will not take any coercive step till peace
prevailed," chief secretary B K Patnaik said earlier.
Besides 12 battalions of central para-military forces
(7 battalions of CRPF and 5 battalions of BSF, adequate number
of Orissa police`s elite anti-Naxalite force - special
operation group (SOG), India Reserve Battalion (IRB), District
Voluntary Force (DVF) and special police officers (SPOs) were
also deployed for anti-Maoist operations.
Now with the state government deciding not to execute
green hunt operation, these forces would keep a watch on the
movement of Maoists and their activities, the official said.
"Presence of BSF and CRPF in naxal-hit areas is itself
an indication that the state government will act if required,"