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Updated: April 1, 2012 17:32 IST

CRPF finally enters Naxal bastion

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K. Vijay Kumar, Director General, Central Reserve Police Force at (CRPF). PHOTO S.SIVA SARAVANAN.
THE HINDU K. Vijay Kumar, Director General, Central Reserve Police Force at (CRPF). PHOTO S.SIVA SARAVANAN.

A first-of-its-kind anti-Naxalite operation has allowed paramilitary forces to breach the Abujmaad forests in Chhattisgarh, a left-wing Maoist stronghold with no government presence for ages.

Armed with modern equipment, over 3,000 men from CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and its elite strike unit, CoBRA, other paramilitary forces and state police have been combing the forests spread over 4,000 sq km during March.

Codenamed “Maad”, “Kilam” and “Podku,” the operation was monitored by CRPF Director General K Vijay Kumar and Inspector General (Operations) in Chhattisgarh, Pankaj Singh.

Armed with a British-era survey map of the jungle, they decided that the troops would enter from three sides — Narayanpur-Gadchiroli (Maad) with point of contact at Jatwar in the heart of the jungle, Bhairamgarh-Matwara (Podku) and Mardapal-Chotedonger (Kilam).

“The operations involved some 3,000 CRPF, CoBRA and state police troops ,” said IG Singh, adding that 33 Maoist cadres were arrested.

“The operation began on March 5 and continued till March 20,” said the officer. Naxalites, as the Maoists are better known, are left-wing insurgents who want to overthrow the state and bring about a Communist society.

Hope the goverment also comes up with a concrete plan for the development of this region or else the whole effort of moving in the forces will turn to be futile...For all these operations to be scuccess it is imperative to win the hearts of people living in those areas which can be done only by providing them their due and ensuring their safety from LW ultras.

from:  Sreejith
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 12:19 IST

Why the govt has been mute to the massacres being carried out unabated by the maoists all these years,devouring valuable lives of police personnel to their whims and fancies? Why such a crack down could not be carried out till now,despite having such powerful elite forces that could have easily ruin the naxal strong holds in these dense forests by now making them devoid of maoist activities? Where were these elite forces all these years? Who are responsible for the state of affairs where these divisive forces often takes the govts for a ransom? Can any one explain?

from:  Anthony Rao.Reddy
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 02:56 IST

From the times of Veerapan, the so-called Anti-Naxal drives have
resulted in so much human rights abuses, harassment and killing of
Tribals who live in the area. Stealing their food and torturing the
tribals in the name of naxal hunting should not be tolerated. It will
end up creating more naxals than reducing them.

from:  Bhagat
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 00:28 IST

Happy to see that an anti naxal operation has finally been executed in India. There will be more confidence among the people if government goes for rescue operation when innocent people are held as hostages. Going for prolonged dialogues with left wing extremists have not yielded an results so far.

from:  Gopinath Baskaran
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 18:37 IST
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