A large contingent of security officials engaged in anti-Maoist operation on Thursday conducted meetings in Koraput and Malkangiri districts. The meetings were presided by DGP Prakash Mishra and attended by senior officers from the State Police, CRPF and BSF.
“We have reviewed the situation in Malkangiri and Koraput and efforts are also on to establish a better coordination with the CRPF and BSF,” Mishra said at Malkangiri. He added that all steps were being taken to curb the Left wing extremism (LWE) in this part of the State.
Besides holding talks with the district police officers, the DGP visited some BSF camps and enquired about their problems in the field. At least BSF five battalions were deployed in Koraput and Malkangiri districts.
Admitting lack of road connectivity adding to the Maoist problem, the DGP said: “We are trying to deploy two engineering battalions of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) to undertake the construction of Motu and Gurupriya bridges over the Janbai and the Saveri rivers.”
He laid stress on modernisation of some of the police stations in the two districts to curb the Maoist menace. Sources said the meeting also resolved to expedite anti-Maoist operation in the region. Besides the SPs of five districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Nuapada and Kalahandi, Inspector-General rank officers of CRPF and BSF participated in the meeting. Some former SPs of certain Maoist-hit districts were also invited to share their views with the officers presently working in the field.