Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday sought additional security force and helicopter from the central government to give a push to anti-Maoist operation in the state.
While attending the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security in New Delhi, Patnaik said the central government should urgently deploy two additional battalions of CRPF to contain fresh build up by Maoists in the districts bordering Chhatisgarh and provide one dedicated MI-17 military helicopter, a statement from the chief minister’s office said.
Presently, about 14 battalions of security forces including CRPF and BSF have been engaged in anti-Maoist operations in Odisha.
Besides the additional force and helicopter, Patnaik also asked for speedy installation of mobile towers and digital satellite phone terminals (DSPTs) in the Naxal affected areas by the BSNL.
“Though the state government has taken several measures to upgrade its capacity to fight left wing extremism, these efforts require continued and additional support from the central government,” Patnaik reportedly said in the meeting.
Patnaik said there had been an overall improvement in Odisha in 2012 and 2013 in terms of Maoist violence, but situation remains “difficult” in Malkangiri and Koraput and “challenging” in Nuapada, Balangir and Bargarh districts bordering Chhatisgarh.