Bhubaneswar: Union Home Affairs Minister P. Chidambaram arrived here today on a day-long tour to Odisha, to review the implementation of the different developmental activities being carried out by the State Government in different Left Wing Extremism (LEW) hit districts of the State , along with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other senior officials of the State.
Mr. Chidambaram was extremely displeased with the efforts by the State Government to counter the naxals.
Talking to newspersons here after the meeting with CM Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Mr. Chidabbaram said, “The number of casualty of civilian and security forces stand at 48 by the end of October. By end of the year, it may go a little beyond 50. This is unacceptably high level of casualty”.
Adding more he said, four years back only four battalions of Central forces were deployed in the State to counter the Maoists. Now as many as 13 battalions of security forces including one battalion of Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) were deployed in the Naxal affected area. Moreover, as many as over 10,000 state Armed Police and constabulary were added to the security forces. Sill then it is unexpectable on the part of the State to have a high level of naxal violence.
Adding more he said, Odisha should learn from other states and the Centre. The state administration and the police should gain mastery over the situation,so as to tackle the naxal violence.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the other hand claimed that, there was a decline in Maoist related casualty in the State this year in comparison to the previous years.
“We have made much progress on the Maoist front,” Mr. Patnaik said.