CRPF DG meets CM Naveen, discuss anti-Maoist strategies


Bhubaneswar: CRPF DG R R Bhatnagar met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today and highly appreciated the efforts of the Odisha police in checking Maoists activists in the state.

Bhatnagar said Maoists are formulating strategies to challenge security forces and attempting to halt various development works in border areas. The CRPF is making elaborated arrangements to counter their plan.

“CRPF is ready to fight Maoists. We are working with the Odisah police, which is doing extremely well in combating the Maoists in Odisha,” said the CRPF DG while speaking to the reporters after meeting Patnaik.

Bhatnagar took stock of security arrangements in Koraput district yesterday after making an unscheduled visit. He visited the 202 CoBRA Battalion stationed at Sunabeda before chairing a security review meeting at the DIG’s office in Koraput.

Odisha DGP K B Singh, IG (Operation) RP Koche, CRPF IG (Bhubaneswar) Kamalanat Sharma, South-Western Range DIG S. Saini, Koraput Superintendent of Police (SPs) Kanwar Vishal Singh and SPs of Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Nuapara also attended the review meeting.

DGP KB Singh said, “The CRPF DG and Odisha Police paid a visit to Koraput and the Cobra Battalion and reviewed the naxal scenario in Odisha. We also discussed on redeployment of paramilitary forces with a change in strategy in certain corridors and areas like Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Malkangiri and Koraput.”

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