Bhubaneswar: Broadly, Naxal situation has improved in the State, informed Minister of State (MoS) Home Dibya Shankar Mishra in the State Assembly today.
Replying to the debate on the adjournment motion on deteriorating law and order situation in the State moved by BJP members during ‘zero hour’ in the State Assembly today, Mishra stated that as per the Central government’s Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme five districts viz: Angul, Boudh, Deogarh, Nayagarh and Sambalpur are free from Naxal activities out of the 15 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts.
Mishra told the House that while a total of 16 Maoists have been liquidated in exchange of fire with police in 2020, one Maoist was killed by villagers in an attack.
This apart, 34 Maoists have been arrested for Naxal activities, while 21 have surrendered, he added.
He said that 11 guns, eight improved quality explosives and other items have been seized.
The Minister informed that in the last one year three new police camps including the one at Gurasetu have been established in Swabhiman Anchal of Malkangiri district.
The camp established at Gurasetu apart from being helpful in the campaign against the Maoists in Swabhiman Anchal will be also helpful in providing security to road construction work from Rudakonta of Andhra Pradesh to Jodambo of Malkangiri, he added.
In the meantime, the Jodambo police station in Swabhiman Anchal has become operational, Mishra informed.