Odisha Police to form joint task force to intensify anti-Maoist ops

Nuapada: Taking strong initiative to neutralize firepower of Maoists, Odisha Police has decided to form a joint task force in the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) affected areas bordering Chhattisgarh.

Odisha DGP Sunil Kumar Bansal informed this after inaugurating the district intelligence and operation centre in Nuapada today.

During his one-day visit to Nuapada district, the state police head reviewed the Maoist insurgency in Nuapada and discussed the law and order system with all officials at the district police headquarters.

Bansal reached Gotama airstrip in a chopper and headed towards the district police headquarters where he inaugurated the district intelligence and operation centre built at expenses of Rs 1.36 crore.

Speaking to media persons, he said that since Nuapada district is situated bordering Chhattisgarh, which is considered to be the Maoist stronghold, a joint task force will be constituted to counteract red rebels.

The joint task force will comprise officials of CRPF, District Voluntary Force (DVF) and Special Operation Group (SOG) force posted in areas bordering Chhattisgarh.

Briefing the media he exhorted the Maoists to join the mainstream quitting the path of violence.

Odisha Intelligence Director Sanjeeb Panda, IG (Operations) Amitabh Thakur, Additional DG (Law & order) Radha Kishan Sharma were among others present at the programme.

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