Chhattisgarh seeks IED detection training to fight Naxals
Chhattisgarh government urged the Centre to provide specialised training to its forces for early detection of IEDs, a lethal weapon of the ultra-left group.
New Delhi: Faced with surging Naxal violence
that has claimed a large number of lives in recent times, the
Chhattisgarh government today urged the Centre to provide
specialised training to its forces for early detection of
IEDs, a lethal weapon of the ultra-left group.
"Over 70 per cent of the deaths in Naxal attacks is due
to triggering of IEDs...we have no technology for early
detection of IEDs," Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh
told reporters here.
He demanded that the Union government should provide
specialised training to its forces on improvised explosive
Singh also demanded Central help to raise 5th Indian
Reserve (IR) battalion for the state.
The Chhattisgarh CM was in the national capital in
connection with Chief Ministers` conference on Internal
Security which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh here yesterday.
The central Indian state has been a hotbed of Naxal
activities. A large number of civilians and security forces
have been killed by Naxalites in the state in the recent past.