No top Maoist leader in Odisha: DGP



Rourkela: Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra on Sunday dismissed rumours that any top Maoist leader was still present in Odisha and claimed that naxal problem in the state would be under control in next two years.

"All the Maoist leaders are from outside Odisha. Sabyasachi Panda not a big leader as such. His position in the Maoist set up is known to all", Mishra said during a visit to the steel city here.

Ousted from outlawed CPI (Maoist), a marginalised Panda has formed his new outfit Odisha Maobadi Party.

Stating that Maoists no more posed a major problem, the DGP claimed that out of the 17 Maoist-affected districts in Odisha, eight have been freed from naxal activities and now the focus would be in the rest.

In the coming days the forces would concentrate on districts including Bolangir, Bargarh, Nabrangpur, Gajapati and Rayagada to demolish their base and uproot them, he said.

The main thrust would be on Koraput and Malkanagiri as the two districts shared border with neighbouring states and was home to the zonal headquarter of Maoist groups in Andhra Pradesh.

"We have special aggressive plans for those areas and in the coming days you will find defining results", he said.

Mishra said thrust would be on community policing for a safe society. The plan of action was already at final draft stage and would be placed before government for approval.

Noting that understaffing was a big problem, Mishra said "efforts are on to enhance the staff by inducting more constable level personnel."

Present strength of Odisha police is 60,000 which was doubled from 30,000 a few years back but main thrust is to create more armed personnel keeping in view Maoists problem.

On crime against women, Mishra claimed compared to the situation elsewhere in the country, the state was in a better position.

Detailing the road map being prepared to contain crime against women, he said police were profiling all auto rickshaw drivers in Bhubaneswar, checking illegal sale of liquor at eateries and placing decoys in different places to deter eveteasers.

PTI