Chhattishgarh vs Maoists: Cops plan intelligence-based operations

Apparently buoyed by its successes during the last few years, Chhattisgarh Police will now embark on “offensive intelligence-based operations” in areas considered Maoist bastion in  Bastar zone.

Published: 07th January 2018 10:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th January 2018 10:58 AM   |  A+A-

Security forces in Chhattisgarh have been battling Maoists for three decades now

RAIPUR: Apparently buoyed by its successes during the last few years, Chhattisgarh Police will now embark on “offensive intelligence-based operations” in areas considered Maoist bastion in  Bastar zone.

“Chhattisgarh has undertaken improvement of connectivity, road security and police infrastructure since 2016. We will open up critical axes keeping in mind the twin objectives of offensive operations: area domination followed by development initiatives,” special Director General (anti-Maoist operation) D M Awasthi said.

The forces are focussing on addressing the security vacuum, besides safety of road construction and other development works, he stated. In 2017, the forces killed 76 Maoists and arrested 1,017, while 365 rebels surrendered. In the same period, 221 weapons were recovered from the Maoists.

ALSO READ: Chhattisgarh leads the country for redressal of public grievances

“During operation I and II, the aggressive anti-Maoist operations were successful. We inflicted heavy casualties on the Hidma battalion and the Abhujmad division of the Maoists. From January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017, the forces killed 300-plus  Naxalites, though we recovered only 211 bodies. A total of 1,476 operations that resulted in 405 encounters took place in the last two years. In all, 102 security personnel, including 42  policemen, have been killed since 2016," Awasthi said.

He said “2018 will see better and more offensive operations, with better coordination between  state and central forces as well as intelligence agencies”.

Security forces reached inaccessible regions and covered gaps to enable effective operations in the core areas. Connectivity was enhanced through posts at Kistaram-Golapalli (Sukma), Tarlaguda and Bhadrakali (Bijapur). The Bastar range now has 14 helipads equipped for night landing.

Stay up to date on all the latest The Sunday Standard news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.