Cops to check Maoist activities

VARANASI: Orders were issued to police to be vigilant in the Maoist affected east UP districts bordering neighbouring states. IG GL Meena on Friday asked the cops to ensure that Maoist ultras do not use this territory as their hideout after executing destructive plans in other states. In view of Thursday’s killing of CRPF personnel in a Maoist attack in Gaya district of Bihar, Meena ordered to intensify combing operations on the routes taken by ultras to enter the state and other areas. He said that the forces deployed in Maoist-hit districts of Chandauli, Sonebhadra and Mirzapur always remain on high alert. Cops were asked to be extra vigilant in the wake of attack on CRPF in Gaya.

The pressure of Bihar police would increase and there is possibility that ultras could make a bid to enter UP. Meena said that the deployment of police and paramilitary forces is sufficient in the three Maoist affected districts, which are connected with the borders of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

He said that three companies of CRPF and three of PAC have been allotted to Chandauli for anti-Maoist operation while three companies of CRPF and nine PAC are stationed at Sonebhadra. They are equipped with modern arms and ammunition, he said. Regular exercises like area dominance and combing operations are never relaxed in these districts. After 2004, Maoist groups have not succeeded in executing any destructive plan in the state while the backbone of their network was broken following the arrest of dreaded ultras like Munna Vishwakarma and Lavrat Kole in past seven to eight months.

But the issue cannot be taken lightly as groups of ultras are still operating in the bordering states. Maoists started entering this region in 1990s to use the jungles and difficult terrains of Chandauli and Sonebhadra districts as their hideouts.

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