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Anti-Maoist operation depends on force availaibility: Orissa

india Updated: Jan 22, 2010 20:52 IST

Orissa government on Friday said the fate of any special anti-Maoist operation in the state would be clear only after five more battalions of the central para-military force (CPMF) arrive.

This was stated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his return here after attending a meeting convened by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram at Raipur.

"Let the five extra battalions of force arrive. Then I think, picture will be clear," Patnaik told reporters when asked about the fate of the special anti-Maoist operation.

Stating that the union home minister had assured five more battalions of CPMF and two choppers for anti-Maoist operations in the state, Patnaik said the meeting attended by him, Chhattisgarh chief minister and home minister of Maharashtra dealt upon a coordinated effort to fight the red rebels.

"The union home minister called upon the three states to coordinate amongst us," Patnaik said.

When asked about the absence of Jharkhand at the Raipur meeting, the chief minister said: "There will be another meeting involving chief ministers and home ministers of West Bengal and Jharkhand". On the state's demand at the meeting, Patnaik said he had put forth demands for more roads and bridges, mainly in the border areas where Naxalite activities continued.