To fight Naxals, CRPF ropes in ISRO for GIS data of ‘red zone’

With the CRPF seeking the help of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the fight against Naxals, the security personnel in Maoist-affected areas have been provided laptops featuring the GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping data of the regions in the “red corridor”.

According to officials, the CRPF purchased 65 GIS mobile work-stations from the Department of Science and Technology and distributed these to units based in Left Wing Extremist areas. The force also distributed 13 high-end work-stations with the software in the areas.

“These work-stations contain the complete mapping of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa. We have further mapped seven districts in Madhya Pradesh and 14 districts in Bihar. In West Bengal, only East Midnapore has been mapped so far. The satellite imagery for the complete state of West Bengal and three worst-affected districts of Maharashtra — Gadchiroli, Bhandara and Gondia — is underway,” said the CRPF spokesperson.

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