The West Bengal government may introduce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for reconnaissance in Maoist strongholds, if the experience elsewhere proves successful, Director-General of Police Bhupinder Singh said on Friday.

“The utility will need to be checked and we are waiting for a report from an official who had gone to Chhattisgarh, where a UAV was pressed into service recently in a demonstration exercise by the Union Home Ministry. The success will have to be established,” the DGP told journalists here.

“Jangalmahal in the Left-wing extremism-affected districts — Paschim Medinipur, Purulia and Bankura — is thickly-forested. To what extent a UAV can carry out surveillance and reconnaissance in such areas, especially during the rainy seasons, will have to be seen.”

To a question on the transfer of Benoy Chakraborty, Special Deputy-Inspector General, Eastern Frontier Rifles, Mr Singh said, he was shifted to the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners as chief of security. The DGP, however, denied it was a punishment order.

Mr. Chakraborty, who headed the Salua outpost of the EFR which lost 24 of its jawans in the February 15 Maoist attack on a police camp at nearby Silda, stirred up a controversy, speaking out against the location of the camp.