Staff Reporter

Action plan drawn up to access inaccessible areas, says DGP

BHUBANESWAR: Director-General of Police (DGP) Manmohan Praharaj here on Friday admitted that the situation in some inaccessible pockets of naxal-infested Malkangiri district was grave.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Praharaj, however, denied that the Malkangiri district flanked by Dantewada district of Chhatisgarh on one side and Khammam and East Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh on other side had gone beyond control of Orissa police.

“We are currently taking all possible steps to increase security personnel presence in the district. Besides proposal to move additional battalion of Central paramilitary police force from north Orissa to Malkanagiri, there are already four battalions stationed in the district,” he said.

The DGP’s reactions came close on the heels of killing of innocent tribals by CPI (Maoists) in the Malkanagiri almost everyday for past few weeks.

Stating that the State police had drawn up an action plan to access inaccessible areas, Mr. Praharaj said construction of helipads in inaccessible areas was being contemplated and strengthening of police infrastructure was being emphasized.

“We are working out a plan to step up police movement in Malkangiri and Rayagada. Concepts of security hub in inaccessible area and mobile camps will be implemented in these two districts,” the DGP said. On Kandhamal, he said of 53 CRPF companies deployed in troubled areas, only five companies were presently stationed. “We are trying to train 500 tribal boys and recruit them in police force. Their training has been over,” he said.