Security forces launch civic action programme to combat Maoists in Odisha

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 11:40 hrs

Special Armed Police personnel have launched a civic action programme in Odisha's Gajapati District on Sunday to combat left wing extremism and bridge the gap between the villagers and the security personnel.

The force distributed medicines and various other essential commodities to the villagers. It also handed out sports and stationery products to students in the area.

Hadibandhu Nayak, a local, welcomed the programme and said that the initiative would help to bridge the gap between the personnel and the locals of the village.

"Children are having fun in the camp that CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) has set up, there are dance performances and also various games are being played. We feel nice. By this initiative the differences between police and the villagers will eventually fade out. They will have a good cordial relation with each other. The fear that the locals used to have by the police will not remain any more," said Nayak.

Children from the district participated the various sports activities and dance performances, which were a part of the workshop.

The Deputy Commandant of the Orissa Special Armed Police (OSAP) Battalion, Jugal Behera, said the programme is organised with an aim to raise confidence among villagers towards the police forces.

"The aim and objective of this programme, I'll express in short the government wants to materialized these programmes to door to door in inaccessible areas of state. In this programme the police officers with their team are visiting inaccessible villages," said Behera.

Maoists have significantly increased their presence in tribal and rural regions in the states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.

The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of millions of landless labourers and marginal farmers.

However, the government has termed them to be India's main internal security threat and an obstacle to growth in Asia's third-largest economy.

Hundreds die annually in the conflict, although levels of violence have fallen in recent years. (ANI)

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