Odisha urged centre to return back one CoBRA battalion Maoist-hit cutoff areas

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has urged the Union Government to return back one CoBRA battalion of CRPF for deployment in the Maoist-hit cutoff areas of the State. This battalion was raised in Odisha for deployment in the State.

Home Secretary Asit Tripathy has urged Union Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to consider the case on priority basis. Sinha recently reviewed the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) scenario in the State along with other affected areas.

With the high level bridge on the river Gurupriya opening the access to the cutoff areas of Malkangiri, deployment of security forces in these 151 villages needed to be taken on a priority basis.

The CoBRA battalion will be suitable for deployment in the area as the Jawans are familiar to the Red corridor.

One CoBRA battalion raised in 2009 at Sunabeda in Koraput has been withdrawn by the CRPF authorities and deployed in Chhattisgarh. While the CRPF DG has been requested to restore CoBRA battalion back to Odisha, Tripathy has urged the Cabinet Secretary to take up the matter as Odisha needs the battalion badly.