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CRPF DG And Odisha DGP Meet In Bhubaneswar, Discuss Strategy To Root Out Naxal Activities

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Bhubaneswar: In April this year, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh set a target that Naxals will be rooted out by 2023. A month later, Singh said that Naxal incidents have decreased by 50-60% in the last 5 years.

Under this scenario, when the Central forces and State police are working in tandem to acheive the target set by the Union Home Minister, the Director General of CRPF, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today held a meeting with Odisha DGP Dr RP Sharma and discussed on tackling left-wing extremism effectively.

During the meeting which was held at Odisha DGP's camp office in Bhubaneswar, a array of issues pertaining to Central forces and State police coordination were discussed in detail.

After the meeting, speaking to media personnel, Rai said that several matters pertaining to relocation of camps, operating together with the State police and other paramilitary forces, coordinating with all teams, training together were discussed.

"We have had excellent coordination and cooperation with the Odisha police in the past. We expect that the same cooperation will continue in the forseeable future," he said.

"There has been a significant reduction in Maoist activities in the vulnerable areas of Odisha. The momentum needs to keep going and our focus has to improve," Rai added.

The CRPF DG said that most of the LWE cadres operating in Odisha are from neighbouring states. Therefore, the involvement of police of neighbouring states and Central forces is essential. The work has to go on with a joint strategy, he said.

Dr Sharma said that matters relating to common interests were discussed at the meeting. "The main objective of the meeting was to ensure how we can be more effective against LWE forces," he said.

The Odisha DGP added, "CRPF has provided us eight battalions, the companies of which are deployed in 11 different districts. Though we have good understanding and functioning efficiently, we discussed strategy to bring greater effectiveness in our measures against LWE."

"The most important among those being greater sharing of intelligence, more joint operations and better coordination at the cutting-edge levels in the districts. I hope we (Odisha Police) will be much more effective in the coming days in our operations with the CRPF," Dr Sharma added.

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Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, DG, CRPF

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Dr RP Sharma, DGP, Odisha