Maoist activities continue to be major concern for Odisha: Naveen


BHUBANESWAR: Maintaining that Left Wing Extremism continue to be a major concern for the state Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said recent activities of Maoists in four districts was worrisome and needed to be handled efficiently.

“Left wing extremism continues to be a major concern for the state. Though we have been able to contain the menace to areas bordering our neighbouring states, recent movement and activities of the Maoist cadre in districts of Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Boudh is worrisome,” said Patnaik addressing the annual conference of senior police officers here.Odisha CM , Naveen Patnaik

“We should handle this new development effectively. We have already created adequate resources in terms of manpower, equipment and other logistics supplemented by the deployment of CRPF,” said the Chief Minister.

He said the state government has already created adequate resources in terms of manpower, equipment and other logistics supplemented by the deployment of CRPF to handle the Maoists activities.

He said there is no reason why the police leadership cannot counter the inroads made by the Maoist into the central Odisha.

The chief minister exhorted the district SPs and senior officials in the headquarters to fight the menace with renewed enthusiasm and commitment backed by meticulous planning.

Asking the police authorities to focus on some other areas in the days to come, Patnaik said “we have to prepare for urban terrorism, attack on vital establishments and coastal infiltration. We have to strengthen our institutional set ups and response mechanisms so that timely preventive actions can be taken.”

Besides, they should take special interest to ensure timely payment of personal claims of police personnel who died in harness, he said.

Referring to organised crime, Patnaik said offences like extortionary activities indulged by transportation mafia would not be tolerated, and he was reviewing the matter regularly.

Expressing concern over crime against women and children, he asked the SPs to personally monitor the progress of investigation in case of sensitive cases of crime against women and children.

“Though some improvement has been noticed, I have expressed concern regarding the violence against women and children. I would expect the SPs to personally monitor the progress of investigation in case of sensitive cases of crime against women and children,” the chief minister said.

‘Mahila and Sishu’ desks, Integrated Anti-human Trafficking Units and Women Cells were excellent initiatives, and they should be fully implemented, he said.

He asked the senior police officers to make district visit during the first week of every month regularly.

Besides inspecting police stations, they must visit the complainants and assess the performance of police, he said.