Odisha police suggests people’s representatives to follow SOP during movement in Naxal-hit areas

Bhubaneswar: Taking strong note on the killing of a TDP MLA and an ex-MLA by Maoists in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha police has suggested the people’s representatives and other VIPs to the follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) strictly during their movement especially in naxal-dominated areas.

“The personal security officers (PSO) of the leaders have been asked to remain extra alert during their movement in sensitive areas. The representatives have been suggested to inform the respective district SP and local police station about their movement and follow the SOP strictly for their safety. They should take adequate precautions before beginning of their journey,” DGP RP Sharma told media today.

Sharma, who talked to his Andhra Pradesh counterparts over combing operation in the bordering area in the aftermath of the naxal violence, has assured the neighbouring State of all helps in the anti-naxal operation.

Police vigil in Odisha comes a day after K Sarveswar Rao, the sitting legislator from Araku of Andhra Pradesh and former lawmaker Sivari Soma were gunned down by armed Maoists. The two leaders of the TDP were killed when they were returning from a wedding party event in Livitiput, about 15 km from Araku Valley that shares border with Odisha.

A group of 50 armed naxals including some women cadres shot them dead after engaging in talks with the duo regarding the contentious issue of mining in the area.

Police suspect the involvement of Koraput Dalam of Andhra-Odisha Border Committee of Maoists in the ghastly crime. A top source said the attack seemed to have the signature of committee secretary Ramakrishna alias RK. The daylight killings triggered large scale violence in the area yesterday when furious locals set police stations on fire in Dumbri Guda and Araku. Unable to control the mob, police slapped section 144 of CrPC.



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