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LWE – Acquisition of Drones, Sniper Rifles by Naxals Raises Alarm

Published Nov 19, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

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 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.

 In a recent review of the Naxal threat, Home Minister Amit Shah has sought decisive action against the rebels.

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.

Press Trust of India quoting unified command of security and intelligence agencies reported that drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were spotted over a large Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Sukma Chhattisgarh in the heart of Maoist influence zone.

PTI reported that “Small red and white light emitting drones” were seen flying near the camp in Kistaram and Pallodi last month

“Till the time we have a uniform policy on countering enemy drones, it has been decided to shoot down such objects so that lives and activities of security personnel are not at risk”, the PTI quoted an official.


A high-level meeting, chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, was held in Chhattisgarh’s Jagdalpur earlier during the month to review left-wing extremism [LWE] and related issue in the region. The overall strategy of security and development will be continued but the intensity of operations is likely to increase as the Government finds the Naxals on the back foot losing territory as well as cadres in the recent part.

Bleeding of the Maoist cadres is a continuous process recently with security forces seizing the imitative in encounters and a number of support members as well as top leaders surrendering to security forces.