‘More inter-state ops against Reds needed’

RANCHI: Director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) K Vijay Kumar on Wednesday asked his personnel to launch inter-state operations on the borders of Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh besides the core areas of Red rebels in Jharkhand.

The CRPF chief was in the city to review the process of anti-Maoist operations in the state and also to discuss the strategy for the inter-state operations to corner the rebels who have been taking advantage of porous borders.

Kumar, however, did not emphasize on the inter-state operations on the Jharkhand-West Bengal borders. The meeting was attended by all senior officers of state police and CRPF including Jharkhand DGP G S Rath.

Sources present in the meeting said the CRPF chief was very assertive on launching inter-state operations and also targeting the core areas of the rebels in Jharkhand. “We have been facing some difficulties in the inter-state operations but with the decision to launch aggressive attacks on the bordering areas we are hopeful that the rebels will face a tough time in coming days,” said a source.

“We will also launch aggressive operations in core areas of the rebels in Jharkhand right from Saranda to Sarju forest,” the source added.

Deputy inspector general of CRPF Bhanu Pratap Singh said the emphasis was not on the inter-state operation on the Jharkhand-Bengal border because Maoists were already on the back foot in the region. “The number of active Maoists in the area has come down and their activities are also negligible in the region. Thus we did not feel the necessity of any special operation on Bengal-Jharkhand border,” said Singh adding that general operation would continue in the region.

During the meeting, the state special branch also made a presentation before CRPF chief on the achievements of security forces in terms of recovery of arms and ammunition and arrest of rebels.

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