Industrial violence a headache for Orissa Police
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 00:14
Bhubaneswar: Saddled with the problem of left wing extremism (LWE), Orissa police is now facing a tough time in maintaing law and order following displacement of people at the upcoming industrial hubs and campus unrest.

The police is facing difficulty in dealing with the situation at Kalinga Nagar steel hub, the proposed plant site of South Korean steel major POSCO and Vedanta's alumina refinery and smelter locations at Kalahandi and Jharsuguda, the 54th senior police officers conference being held at Cuttack felt.

The problem areas were identified on the second day of the conference today.

The state government had decided to pursue a peaceful industrialisation policy but the dispalced people at all the locations were taking law into their own hads, the meeting said.

The situation has been compounded for the state police, who have to deal with the situation arising out of displacement due to industrialisation in addition to their routine work as the state government is yet to raise its own industrial security force, it said.

The state police was under-staffed as out of the 45,000 personnel about 15000 are engaged in anti-Maoist operation and the rest serve over four crore people of the state, former Director General of Police A B Tripathy said.

"We have been upgrading police strength and their training," said DGP Manmohan Praharaj.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 00:14

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