Bhubaneswar: After stupendous success of anti-Maoist operations in Kandhamal and Bolangir districts recently, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Maoists to drop weapons and join mainstream saying there is no place for violence in a democracy.
“Combining fast-paced development with well-coordinated security efforts, we have been able to make great inroads against Left-wing extremism in the State. But it is my firm belief that every issue can be resolved through peaceful engagement. In democracy there is no place for violence. I appeal to them to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream,” said Patnaik in his Facebook page on Wednesday.
The CM’s appeal came two days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the former and congratulated Odisha Police Organisation on the stupendous success of anti-Maoist operations in Kandhamal and Balangir districts in which six armed Maoists were killed.
Six suspected Maoists were killed by security forces in two separate encounters in Kandhamal and Balangir districts in 24 hours on May 14.
While four rebels, including two women, were killed during an exchange of fire with security forces in Gotangi forest of Kandhamal district on Sunday morning, two others, carrying cash award on their heads, were killed in an encounter in Balangir district’s Magur forest on Saturday night.