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Odisha sounds high alert as Maoists observe PLGA Week

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The has sounded a high alert and stepped up combing operations in the naxal-hit areas of the state as the Maoists started observing (PLGA) Week from Sunday, a said.

Patrolling and combing operations were intensified in the Maoist hotbed of and districts in view of the PLGA week being observed by them till December 8, he said.

The security forces are fully prepared to deal with any possible strike by the Maoists, the of Police (SP) of Malkangiri, Jagmohan Meena, said.

All (BSF) camps and police stations have been put on alert with the instructions to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs), he said.

Joint combing operations have been launched by the BSF, (SOG) and (DVF) in areas bordering and Chhattisgarh, to foil any movement of the Maoists from the neighbouring states, the SP added.

Similar security measures were taken in district.

The of Police (SP) of district, held a meeting with officers of police outposts, police stations, sub-divisional police officers (SDPO) and senior officials of (BSF) regarding the measures required during the PLGA week.

The security forces have been asked to stay on high alert and combing operations along the border areas with have been intensified, the SP said.

As a precautionary measure, plying of government buses has been stopped in district, a said.

from Koraput to Rayagada, and Gajapati districts have also been suspended, the said.

During the PLGA Week, the Maoists hold meetings in villages and offer tributes to the red rebels who were killed in police encounters.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 18:15 IST