Cops gradually regaining grounds in Naxal-hit districts

NAGPUR: The ongoing year may well be marked as the year of comeback for the security forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations in Maharashtra. After the debacle of 2009 when 51 security personnel were killed, the security forces now seem to be keen to reverse the trend in an aggressive mode. DIG Ravindra Kadam moving in as the chief of the Naxal range, comprising Gadchiroli and Gondia, had already raised a hope.

The approach and recent successes of the security forces, particularly district police units, reflected the desired change. Gondia district’s Chhinchgarh police on October 8 arrested two women cadre after engaging the rebels in a gunfight in the Kaimul forest along the border of Gadchiroli district. Couple of Naxal guerillas were learnt to be injured in the act.

Later, Gadchiroli police had recovered a body of Naxal from the village of Khobramenda which is not far from where the Kaimul forest encounter took place. Last week, Gadchiroli police arrested an active dalam member from the forest of Kasansoor. Umesh Badde had been active in Naxal dalams since 2010. Last Tuesday, the C-60 commandos of Gadchiroli police busted a Naxal camp at Lankachen hillock within the limits of Venkatapur police station.

A firearms and ammunitions were recovered along with Naxal literatures from the place of encounter which is close to Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh border. A senior official said that a lot more operations, including ones in the night, are being launched now apart from random patrolling in villages. “The co-ordinations with the neighbouring states like Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh have been increased manifold and joint operations and border sealing exercises are undertaken on a regular basis now,” said the senior official.

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