Odisha: 19 Maoists killed in 2018: Director General of Police

Bhubaneswar: At least 19 Maoists were killed,
39 arrested and 27 others surrendered during the year 2018, the Director
General of Police (DGP) of Odisha, R P Sharma, said on Monday. The DGP said the
overall Left Wing Extremism (LWE) situation remained under control even as
there was need to flush out Maoists from parts of Malkangiri, Koraput,
Kalahandi, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Nuapada districts.  Sharma said the number of LWE-affected
districts has come down to 15 from 19 this year.

The security
personnel have been able to seize 40 weapons, including two AK-47 rifles, eight
SLRs, five INSAS rifles and five 303 guns from the Maoists during combing
operations, the DGP said. While 16 battalions of central para military forces
are deployed in the Maoist-hit areas, the state’s elite Special Operations
Group (SOG) teams have also been fighting against the Maoists in different
districts, the DGP added.

The DGP also
said that a sum of Rs 68.91 crore has been provided in the budget, for
modernisation of the police force, during the 2018-19 fiscal. The Economic
Offences Wing (EOW) of Odisha Crime Branch registered 28 cases in the year 2018
and arrested 103 persons, the DGP said.

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