**Bhubaneswar**: There was a high level meeting at the State level to talk on anti-naxal strategy under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Aditya Padhi at the Secretariat on Wednesday. This was a preliminary meeting ahead of the meeting called by Home Minister Rajnath Singh of the Chief Ministers of eight Maoist affected States on May 8 in New Delhi.
“The main problem by the people and security forces faced in that area is poor mobile and internet connectivity. The infrastructure is also bad in the Naxal-infested area. We will talk about it during our meeting with the Home Minister. We would also seek for an additional two battalions of central forces, which we had demanded earlier too. Moreover, there would be stress given for strengthening Inter-State co-ordination,” said the Chief Secretary.
“We have strict vigilance on the border area and have sealed it in view of the recent Maoist attacks,” he further informed.
DGP KB Singh, Home Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy, Intelligence Director and the Works Secretary were also present in the meeting.
It is worth mentioning that Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called for a high level meeting of the Chief Ministers of eight Maoist affected States on May 8 in New Delhi. This is done in view of the recent Sukma attack by the Naxals that killed 25 police personnel.