New Delhi: Noting that heavy deployment of security forces in neighbouring Chhattisgarh was driving Maoists to his state, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday demanded two additional CRPF battalions and a military chopper to effectively tackle the extremists.

Referring to the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), he said no direct or indirect interference in the state's autonomy will be tolerated and federal rights should be respected and protected.

Participating in a conference of Chief Ministers on internal security, he said heavy deployment of security forces across the border in Chhatisgarh is pushing Maoists into the state and two additional battalions should be provided to match the deployment in Nuapada, Baragarh and Balangir districts.

The Chief Minister also sought a dedicated M-17 helicopter to add more precision to the ongoing anti-Maoist activities in the state especially in southern and Western Odisha.

"I would like to reiterate that Left Wing Extremism poses a very serious and damaging threat to the national security. The menace has to be crushed firmly to uphold the dignity of democracy and rule of law. My government is seriously working to deal with the problem and I hope that a combined effort will help in this endeavour," he said.


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