India all set to launch anti-Naxalite operation

January 06
LAHORE – The Indian government is preparing to launch a full-fledged anti-Naxalite military operation in a bid to flush out separatists Maoist movement in three different areas, considered as tri-junctions of worst Naxalite-affected states.
The Indian government sources in New Delhi, quoting Indian Home Secretary claimed that India is all set to launch joint army, Air Force and paramilitary forces operations against Naxalites in March 2010. The Indian Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) has also approved the government’s plan to counter Maoists in the six affected states. Initially, the operation would be carried out in four states namely Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Maharashtra, where according to Indian Intelligence reports most of the Maoist infrastructure, training camps and strongholds are located.
On the basis of results of operations in these four states, joint Indian forces will be moved into remaining two states as well as, other affected areas. In all, joint operations will be carried out in phases in 20 Naxals affected states.
Troops from Indian Army, Indian Air Force and personnel of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), a central force, with the state police in frontal role, have already been earmarked for the operations. Although, Indian Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, during his visit to Maoist-affected states of Chattisgarh and Jharkand had ruled out that there was any move to involve the army in the fight against Naxalites but this is what India is hiding.
New Delhi has already allowed Indian Air Force to retaliate if it is attacked by Maoists. Similarly, unusual movement of Indian troops has taken place in Maoist-affected areas. The sources said India’s security agencies are trawling the international arms market to upgrade the country’s counter-insurgency capabilities. The Indian military has floated global tenders for more than 800 bulletproof vehicles, likely to be given to security agencies involved in counter-insurgency operations in Moist effected areas.
India announced a separate 10 billion dollar homeland security upgrade, to be completed before 2016. It is initially looking at affordable technology-laser-guided armaments, light vehicles and drones as priority purchases.
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