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CRPF working on new strategy to counter LWEs




 With Maoists reportedly planning a new corridor in Kalahandi-Koraput-Bolangir border, the CRPF is working on a new strategy to counter the left wing extremists (LWEs) in the State.

       CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar, who paid a courtesy call on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here, today said that the Maoists are formulating strategies to challenge the security forces and disrupt development work in the border areas.

       “There is a peculiar situation in Odisha as most of the Maoist ultras come here from other places and unleash violence. CRPF and Odisha police are working on a comprehensive strategy to address the situation," Bhatnagar said adding there might be re-deployment of the para-military forces in the state.

       Bhatnagar was all in praise for Odisha government and said that the cooperation between the CRPF and Odisha Police was very positive. "The state government has fulfilled all our requirements," the CRPF DG said.

       He visited the state for the first time after taking charge in April. Bhatnagar, along with the Odisha DGP K B Singh yesterday visited several naxal hit areas in Koraput and reviewed the situation in cut-off areas of Malkangiri district.

       "The CRPF DG and Odisha Police paid a visit to Koraput and the Cobra battalion and reviewed the naxal scenario in the state. We also discussed on redeployment of paramilitary forces with a change in strategy in certain corridors and areas like Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Malkangiri and Koraput," Odisha DGP K B Singh said.

       Apart from Singh, Odisha IG (Operation) R P Koche, CRPF IG (Bhubaneswar) Kamalanat Sharma, South-western range DIG S Saini, Koraput superintendent of police Kanwar Vishal Singh and police superintendents of Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Nuapada also attended the review meeting.






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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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