Home Minister Ravi Naik on Friday said the coastal state has no threat from Naxalism.
"We do not have any threat from the Naxalism. It would also not be proper to say that Naxalites were taking shelter in the state," Naik told reporters on the sidelines of annual passing out parade of police training school at Valpoi, 60 kms away from here.
Naik's statement came in the wake of arrest of Sambu Beck, 25, a top Naxal leader of Maowadi Trishul Manch (MTM) wanted by Orissa Police in several cases of kidnapping, dacoity and armed robberies from Mapusa town on Thursday.
Seventeen others were also arrested for harbouring Beck in a joint operation by Goa police crime branch and anti-narcotic cell (ANC) wing.
Naik said police have taken swift action after they received information about Beck from Orissa police. He said Police have been asked to cross check antecedents of all the Orissa people working in unorganized sector in the state.
Goa's fishing and real estate sector has huge presence of Oriya people.