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Decisive Operations Planned during Campaigning Season in Chattisgarh.

Published Dec 16, 2019
Updated Feb 05, 2020

34 camps have reportedly been established in sensitive areas of Bastar division of Chhattisgarh in the past two years thus extending the security grid in the Naxal affected zone.

The District Reserve Group and Special Task force along with the central paramilitary forces have been deployed in these nodes.

Programmes such as Amcho Bastar Amcho Police, Mor Mitan Mor Sangwari, Tendamunta, Manwa Puna etc. under the Community Policing Scheme are also being carried out with an outreach to the people to wean them away.

In a recent review of the Naxal threat, Home Minister Amit Shah has sought decisive action against the rebels in November this year. The situation in the Maoist affected states and measures being taken for improving the infrastructure of the camps and measures against improvised explosive devices were also discussed.  The Home Minister directed the CRPF to carry out an effective and decisive campaign against Left Wing Extremism in the next six months.  The campaigning season extends during the winters and goes on till the monsoon thus the security forces are hoping for a decisive edge during this period yet the operational capabilities of the Naxals may prove a challenge…

In the winter session of the parliament, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, in a written reply to a question regarding Maoists attacks in Chhattisgarh, in Rajya Sabha said that in 2019, the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) related incidents and deaths in Chhattisgarh have reduced considerably in comparison with 2018.

To combat the LWE menace in a holistic manner, Shri Reddy said, the Government of India has formulated a National Policy and Action Plan in 2015, which envisages a multi-pronged approach comprising security, development and ensuring rights & entitlements of local communities etc.

Ministry of Home Affairs is supporting the State Governments extensively by way of deployment of CAPF Battalions, provision of helicopters and UAVs and sanction of India Reserve Battalions (IRBs)/ Special India Reserve Battalions (SIRBs) etc. Funds are provided under Modernisation of Police Force (MPF), Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme and Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) for capacity building of State Police, intelligence agencies and CAPFs.

While there has been a general reduction in the area under the control of the Left Wing Extremists also known as Naxals and Maoists, there are concerns over expanding nature of their capabilities with drones and acquisition of sniper rifles flagged in various media reports. This is likely to pose a major challenge to the security forces operating in Central India.