Security personnel, cops chalk out anti-Maoist strategy



Bhubaneswar: Top security officers of CRPF, BSF and Odisha Police on Saturday attended the Unified Command meeting for chalking out anti-Maoist operation strategy in the state.

"We discussed the law and order situation concerning the security of the civilians," Chief Secretary B K Patnaik told reporters here after presiding over the meeting. Patnaik refused to divulge more details about the talks.

Sources, however, said the unified command felt that there was a need to change the strategy as maoist violence has substantially declined in the state.

"The anti-maoist operation will now focus on pockets and specific districts instead of a large areas," a senior officer said.

The state has presently deployed eight battalions CRPF, six battalions BSF and one battalion Cobra force besides the state's Special Operation Group (SOG) and district police personnel.

PTI