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Chhattisgarh seeks 23 battalions from Centre to tackle Naxals

Stung by lethal attacks by Naxals in the state, Chhattisgarh government today sought 23 battalions (nearly 23,000 personnel) of Central forces to meet the challenge posed by the Maoists.



New Delhi: Stung by lethal attacks by Naxals
in the state, Chhattisgarh government today sought 23
battalions (nearly 23,000 personnel) of Central forces to meet
the challenge posed by the Maoists, who are developing their
battalions on the lines of the Army.

In a presentation before the Planning Commission, the
state government officials said they want to increase the
force strength to counter the growing presence of Left Wing
Extremists in the state, which presently has 12,000 armed
cadre.

The officials also sought assistance to raise nearly 16
battalions (approximately 16,000 personnel) of the state force
to counter the Naxals, who have also been targeting
infrastructure projects like telecom towers and railway
tracks.

The state has more than doubled it police force from
22,000 to 46,000 in the last six years following a surge in
the ultra`s activities.

The officials said there was striking change in the
tactics by the Maoists, who are now "graduating" from
traditional guerrilla warfare to mobile warfare, in which
they encircle and attack the enemy using various manoeuvres.

Out of the 12,000 strong cadre of Left Wing Extremists,
just 962 arrests have been made in the state so far.

"The Maoists have already formed military companies and
are now attempting to raise battalions, which is a matter of
concern," official sources said.

In the last 10 years, 665 police personnels and Special
Police Officers have lost their lives in counter-Maoist
operations as against 272 Naxals who were killed during the
encounters. More than 1,000 civilians have also died during
the period.

Chhattisgarh is one of the worst Naxal-affected states,
where, within a span of one month, two deadly attacks carried
out by the ultras claimed the lives of 75 CRPF personnel and
12 Special Police Officers in Dantewada.

-PTI

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