Odisha Director General of Police R P Sharma today said the Naxals were under pressure in Chhattisgarh after yesterday's encounter, and hence the five bordering districts have been put on alert to prevent their influx into his state.
"We have asked forces in districts like Nuapada, Malkangiri, Bargarh, Koraput and Nabarangpur to remain in a state of high alert after yesterday's anti-Maoist operation in Chhattisgarh," Sharma told PTI.
"Though the place of yesterday's encounter is not very close to the Odisha border, attempts by Maoists to move into our areas cannot be ruled out and security personnel have to be in a state of preparedness to deal with such movement," the state police chief said.
As part of the drive to foil any Maoist infiltration bid into Odisha, patrolling and combing operations by the security forces have been stepped up in the districts that share borders with Chhattisgarh, a senior police official said.
In Malkangiri, the border with Chhattisgarh has been sealed in several areas like Mathili, Padia and Motu. The movement of vehicles is being closely monitored and thorough checking is being undertaken, district SP Jagmohan Meena said.
Yesterday's gunbattle took place in a forest area near Timinar and Pusnar villages along the boundary of Bijapur and Dantewada districts.
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