Area domination passe, forces to mount intel-backed ops to counter Naxals
NEW DELHI: Widespread combing operations and troop-intensive area domination are out and intelligence-based operations in, according to the new tactical policy being adopted by security forces to counter Maoist guerillas. Having suffered several reverses in the past six months while conducting area domination exercises, forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations have been asked not to move in large groups. In fact, there is a debate in the security establishment whether area domination exercises serve any purpose at all given the kind of war the forces are engaged in.
“A conscious decision has been taken that forces will now make precision strikes in small packs rather than go across a wide area in large numbers. It merely exposes the forces to attacks by Maoists and there is always the danger of walking into an ambush as large movements are easily spotted,” said a senior officer from CRPF, the largest force engaged in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha. In December last year, CRPF suffered its worst casualty in four years when 14 of its men were killed in an ambush near Kasalpada village in Sukma, Chhattisgarh.
Maoists Hurl Petrol Bombs in Jharkhand
A group of suspected Maoists today hurled petrol bombs at an under-construction road bridge and set ablaze two vehicles belonging to a construction company in Bartalla village under Naxal-hit Kathikund police station of Dumka district, the police said. Around 40 Maoists laced with firearms arrived at the spot and hurled two petrol bombs before torching an earthmover and a dumper this evening, officer-in-charge of Kathikund police station N S Dadel said.