The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has raised concern over naxal terror training camps organised to impart military training for new recruits and planning of special operations against security forces in at least seven Maoist infested States.
The banned outfit bastion in Dandakaranya forest region extending over an area of 92,300 sq.km had held maximum number of camps in the last one year. The camps were organised in Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur and Kanker district in Chhattisgarh and Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.
“In 2012, 26 training camps were reportedly organised in these districts. During the current year, till April 15, six such training camps have been reportedly organised in these districts,” Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh told Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Singh said these training camps were an important component of the overall military tactics of the CPI (Maoist). Similar camps are organised in other left wing extremists affected states, including Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
Maoists refer to the area as Compact Revolutionary Zone (CRZ) in their military literature. In the last one year, 14 training camps for ultras were organised in Jharkhand followed by 8 camps in Odisha.
In order to dismantle Maoist military camps, State and paramilitary forces have launched intensified intelligence-based naxal operations. Recently, on March 23, a special task force had busted a training camp in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. A total of 589 arms were recovered by security forces from various training camps in 2012. Maoists have established various temporary arms production units in the States of Andhra, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Bihar and Maharashtra. These mobile units are entrusted to manufacture artillery, rifle parts and booby traps. “The Central government, wherever required, assists States by providing Central Armed Police Forces and by sharing intelligence inputs in such matters,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, two Naxals were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Maoist-hit Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh.
The cadres of Daula Dalam of Maoists were gunned down by a joint team of COBRA battalion, CRPF and district force in the jungle of Kachora village in the wee hours, Narayanpur Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) NK Sahu said.
In Raipur, two Naxals were killed in an encounter with security forces in Maoist-hit Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The cadres of Daula Dalam of Maoists were gunned down by a joint team of COBRA battalion, CRPF and district force in the jungle of Kachora village in the wee hours, Narayanpur DSP NK Sahu said.