DG says there has been gradual decrease in casualties in Naxal-hit areas
Director General of Police Prakash Mishra on Monday said the State police were trying to bring down casualty of security personnel in Maoist-affected districts to zero level.
Mr. Mishra was speaking at a function marking celebration of Police Martyrs Day at Cuttack.
“There has been gradual decrease in casualties among security personnel during the past few years. We are trying to make zero-casualty,” he said.
A top police officer said the number of deaths insecurity forces has declined substantially especially in the last one and half year.
“From 74 deaths of security personnel in 2008, we have now reached a level of five deaths in the year 2013. Adherence to safety guidelines and bravery of security personnel have been the reason behind such decline,” he said.
In 2008, 74 security personnel had died in attack of left wing extremists.
Of these, as many as 36 personnel of elite Greyhound Force of Andhra Pradesh were ambushed in Malakanagiri and in the same year Odisha had lost 38 persons.
Top police officials involved in anti-Naxal operation said, “The number of death of combatant police officers has declined even further. It is clear that since Maoist are not able to succeed against armed police officers because of better tactic, training and precautions, extremists are now targeting helpless Gram Rakhis, Home Guards and Special Police Officers in their villages or on leave,” he said. Figures say in 2012, one home guard, 4 Gram Rakhis and one SPO were killed.
Odisha police also acknowledged the contribution of personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Forces who were deployed in remote areas of Maoist-affected districts to curb activities of ultras.