CUTTACK: Even as Odisha police in association with its Andhra Pradesh counterpart has launched a major offensive against Maoists in Malkangiri district from Monday, top police establishment in the State will get down to the strategy table to devise moves for combating Left Wing Extremism more effectively.
The 58th Senior Police Officers Conference of Odisha Police will be held here on January 7 and 8. The two-day conference will have participation of SPs of all districts, Commandants of Armed Police Battalions, Range IGs, DIGs and IPS officers under training, senior officers of various police establishments. Home Guards and Fire services organisations, State Vigilance, Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation, Prisons, OHRC and State Transport Authority will also take part.
Issues of Left Wing Extremism will hold centre-stage in the wake of renewed activities of the ultras in Odisha and neighbouring States. The Naxals had launched a ferocious attack in Chhattishgarh’s Sukma district recently killing more than 14 CRPF personnel.
There are reports of regrouping of Naxal organisation in the Red Zones of the State. The operation on Monday was based on intelligence reports of Maoists conducting training programmes in cut-off areas of Malkangiri district with several top leaders including Ramakrishna alias RK taking part.
The conference, to be inaugurated by DGP Sanjeev Marik, will seek to strengthen the anti-Naxal capabilities of State police by formulating effective strategies and prioritising upgradation of infrastructure and combat equipment.
The conference will also deliberate on professional policing subjects like law and order, crime situation with emphasis on women and children, improving quality of investigation and prosecution, Human Rights, protection of weaker sections, improving response at police station level and community policing.
The chit fund scam will also have a bearing on the conference with combating economic offences and strengthening capabilities to deal with the same featuring high on discussions.
The deliberations will be marked by presentations on different police aspects by senior officers. Open sessions will also be held for SPs to raise issues of their respective districts. A consolidated report will be compiled on the actionable points that emerge during the deliberations for appropriate action by the State Police and Government.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will be the Chief Guest at the valedictory session of the conference on January 8.