Joint combing ops begin in Jhumra

BOKARO: Police and the CRPF have jointly launched an anti-Naxalite operation in the forest and terrains of Luggu and Jhumra hills of Maoist-dominated Gomia block in the district.

The search operation has begun following intelligence inputs of presence of armed Maoists squad of Ajay Mahto in the area.

Bokaro SP Kuldeep Dwivedi and 26 Battalion CRPF commandant A Padma Kumar are heading the raid that began at the foothills of Jhumra.

According to a police officer, the forces entered the area from different sides. They conducted intensive search into the forest villages. “The security personnel are keeping tabs on various paths which Maoists use as escape routes.”

Five companies of the CRPF from Bokaro and two companies of CRPF, from Hazaribagh, have been pressed in to operation inside jungles.

The security personnel are equipped with hi-tech weapons, bomb detecting equipment and they are ready to combat any attack of the Naxalites, said a police officer.

The forces are moving to the interior of the forest cordoning it off from all sides.

However, the thick forest cover and hilly terrain makes the area a safe haven for the Maoists. Jhumra is said to be major Maoists stronghold in the district.

Checking on the roads has also been intensified in surrounding areas of Jhumra so that the Naxalites would not escape, said police sources.

Koylanchal DIG Laxman Prasad Singh, who is monitoring the operation, confirmed that the security personnel launched a search for Maoists in Jhumra.

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