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DGP: Anti-Maoist operations will be stepped up in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Koraput (Odisha) 

The has decided to step up operations against the Maoists and bring in necessary changes in the strategy to deal with the Naxalites, a top said.

This was stated by Odisha's of Police (DGP) R P Sharma after reviewing operations with top police officials in Naxalism-hit Rayagada, where a District Voluntary Force personnel was killed in a landmine blast on April 9.

The emphasised the importance of adhering to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) during anti-Maoist operations to avert any or casualty, officials present at the meeting said.

While underlining the need to intensify anti-Maoist operations, Sharma also urged the insurgents to surrender and return to the social mainstream to lead a normal life.

"Maoists who surrender will be rehabilitated according to the prevailing surrender policy," the DGP said.

A cheque of Rs 18 lakh was handed over as ex-gratia to the father of the deceased DVF jawan, Sanjaya Majhi.

The jawan was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the Maoists went off near Sakata village under the jurisdiction of station late on April 9 night, police said.

Terming the attack as "an act of cowardice", a said that such assaults would not be able to demoralise the security personnel.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 12:10 IST