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Law & Order.


The overall Law and Order situation in the State remained peaceful during the year, 2017.


During the year 2017, all political parties were busy in organizing workers’ conferences, public meetings, mass contact and awareness programmes to garner public support in their favour on various issues by highlighting their achievements. The opposition political parties and their frontal organizations agitated on various local issues. These issues were handled peacefully by the local administration and police.


The State was by and large free from of communal discord as close attention was paid to maintenance of communal peace and amity. Major fairs and festivals of different communities were observed peacefully with religious fervour and gaiety. Instances of communal tension did not escalate into major law and order situation due to pro-active role, constant vigil and timely intervention by the local administration and police. The Car festival at Puri was also passed peacefully.


During 2017, there were various agitational programmes against industrialization on issues such as protection of tribal rights, land acquisition, rehabilitation, payment of compensation, employment, peripheral development, agriculture, environmental pollution, etc. These agitational activities were handled with lot of patience and care.


The agitations by Labour and Service organizations did not escalate into any major law and order situation. Employees/workers of some industrial units exhibited their protest demanding enhancement of wages, re-opening of factory, regularization of contractual labourers, payment of arrear dues, etc. which were addressed through due process of dialogue and reconciliation. Service related demands, particularly by different Teachers Associations, State Govt. Employees Associations, etc., were addressed sympathetically by the State Government.


There was no State-wide student unrest during the year. The election of Student's Unions held on September 23, 2017 throughout the State ended on a peaceful note, barring a few incidents of pre/post poll violence noticed in some colleges in the State. Few incidents of student's agitations in the State were handled by the local administration and police tactfully.


During the year 2017, agitation by different tribal organizations demanding rights of tribal’s over Jal, Jungle and Jamin, distribution of land pattas to landless tribal’s etc., agitation by different dalits/ women organizations protesting against alleged increase of crimes against dalits and women, agitation by different voluntary/ women organizations on alleged rampant illicit liquor trade, teetotalism, etc., agitation by different farmer’s organizations particularly Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan demanding price, pension & prestige, Paschima Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samanwaya Samiti over exemption of agriculture loan, purchase of paddy from farmers, compensation for crop loss & farmer’s suicide, agitation by different Bar Associations for setting up Permanent High Court Bench in their respective areas, agitation by “Sundargarh Zilla Adivasi Mulabasi Banchao Manch” on different issues for the cause of tribal’s in Rourkela area, agitation by “Arthika Sanstha Manankadwara Khayatigrasta Milita Manch” on the issue of retrieval of deposited amount to the gullible investors, massive death of Sheeps & Goats due to attack by feral animals, arrest of accused persons involved in sex scandal/ viral of objectionable pictures in social media, agitation pertaining to formation of new NACs/ declaration of Sub- Divisional status to some areas in the State and a host of such other demands which surfaced on different occasions have been tactfully contained with timely intervention of local Administration & Police.


During the year 2017, members of different political parties as well as their frontal organizations and some specific interest groups organized 466 Rasta Rokos and 19 Rail Rokos in the State on various grounds. During all these agitations, no major on toward incident took place due to firm Police action.


During the year, 2017, no terrorist activity has been noticed in the State and on intelligence inputs the terrorist activities in the State have been contained effectively. However, advisories and alert messages are being issued to all Dist. Ss.P. from time to time on possible terrorist activities in the State.


Activities of the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) remained under control in the State during the year 2017. No Maoist activities were noticed in five districts i.e. Gajapati, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj and Nabarangpur. Maoist activity was contained to a large extent in Nuapada, Boudh, Nayagarh, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Sundargarh districts. The problem remained challenging in parts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Angul, Bolangir and Bargarh districts in terms of the movement and activities of armed CPI (Maoist) groups. 52 LWE related incidents were reported in the State during the period, which included 15 incidents of exchanges of fire, mostly due to Police initiatives. As many as 7 CPI (Maoist) cadres were killed, 35 arrested and 26 surrendered in the State during the period. 16 weapons, 23 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and large quantity of ammunition and other Maoist articles were recovered during anti-naxal operations.