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MHA Senior security adviser meets CM; Says open to discussion with Maoists

K Vijay Kumar visits CM

Bhubaneswar: The Home Ministry’s left wing extremism adviser K Vijay Kumar paid a visit to Cheif Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday. Kumar had a discussion with CM Patnaik at the Secretariat. An anti-naxal strategy is on the cards it is believed following the recent Odisha -Andhra police joint operation against Maoists and the subsequent audio tapes released by Maoist leaders.

K Vijay Kumar, former Director General of the CRPF, is the Union government’s adviser on anti naxal operations and security and development in Naxal affected states. His meeting with CM Patnaik could prove to be crucial following the retaliation mode of Maoists along the Odisha-Andhra border.

“It has been a long time since a courtesy visit was pending to to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Since I was busy with Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand this meeting was delayed,” he said.

Talking about the recent Malkangiri cut off area operations Kumar said,” The number of Maoists have reduced in Malkangiri area so they are working combined with Vishakhapatnam camps. The recent operations (by Odisha police and Andhra Greyhounds) was a result of great co-ordination. Anti-Maoist operations is our mission and duty and we have been legally provided with arms to tackle them which we won’t use recklessly. But they do not have legal, moral or ethical rights to use arms. Their revengeful doctrine is condemnable,” he said.

Commenting on the recent killings of people by Maoists following the joint operation, Kumar said, “Everytime we are successful in an operation they term it stage managed or fake encounter but what about our people who are killed and the innocent public they kill terming as betrayers. The public is in pressure in our tussle whereas the Home Ministry has always asked them to communicate if they wish to put forward any issue. Some top leaders have also agreed but they could never come to consensus. We are still open to talks and discussion,” he said.

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