Bhubaneswar, August 22 (LocalWire): Good work as the popular adage goes never goes unrewarded.
A young IPS officer posted at a perennially backward pocket of the state was duly rewarded by the public today as they bid him an emotional farewell.
A 2013-batch IPS officer, 30-year-old Jagmohan Meena, showed his class and led from the front in trying to restore peace in Maoist-infested Malkagiri district on the southern tip of Odisha.
‘Our SP Meena Saab was like our family member. We trusted him as he ensured peace in troubled villages.
As he left Malkangiri today, we bade a fitting farewell to SP ‘saab’,’ said Padamanabh Gond, a local of Swabhiman area, infamous as hotbed of Maoist activities.
‘Apart from curbing Left wing extremism, Meena did try to curb interstate drug peddling. Malkangiri was the gateway of ganja (cannabis) smuggling.
He took initiative to deal with the drug peddlers sternly. Ganja smuggling has now dropped considerably,’ said Udaybhanu Rout, a local resident of Malkangiri town.
‘I did what was assigned to me by the government. However, the farewell was overwhelming.
I will treasure the love and respect of Malkangiri people for the rest of my life,’ Meena told Localwire.
‘I had tried to develop a personal rapport with the people mostly in Naxal-affected Swabhiman cutoff areas.
As people reposed their trust in me, they contacted me personally. The rang up to give information of unlawful activities.
It led to improved intelligence gathering system and helped crack Maoist activities and ganja trade,’ he said.
‘39 tonnes of banned drugs were seized in 201 interceptions.
A dedicated bunch of police officials managed to arrest 372 drug peddlers during the past two years.
15 Maoists surrendered and returned to mainstream and 51 Maoists were apprehended during my tenure,’ Meena concluded.