Orissa to get 5 more CPMF battalions to tackle Naxals

January 12
Bhubaneswar: Orissa is likely to get an additional five battalions of the Central Paramilitary Force (CPMF) for undertaking anti-Naxalite operation in the state, officials said Tuesday.

“We have been assured to get five battalions (about 5,000 personnel) of Border Security Force (BSF) for undertaking anti-Naxalite operation,” Orissa’s Home Secretary AP Padhi told a local television channel after attending a meeting of the Coordination on Left Wing Extremism at New Delhi.

According to Padhi, the five battalions of CPMF would be helpful for conducting anti-Naxalite operation in the state’s border with Jharkhand, Chhatishgarh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

Besides, Padhi, the state’s Director General of Police (DGP) M M Praharaj also attended the meeting.

“We have put forth the state’s problem at the meeting and demanded additional force and funds to launch an anti-Naxalite operation,” Padhi said, adding that the state would soon launch a special operation against the red rebels immediately after getting additional forces.

The state had been demanding at least seven battalion of CPMF since six months, an official said, adding that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had raised the issue at different forums.

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