SATs set up to assist and complement CRPF: Jharkhand DGP
To assist para-military forces in their drive against Maoists in deep forests, Jharkhand police have set up small action teams (SAT) as back up support and for carrying out operations independently.
Ranchi: To assist the para-military forces in their relentless drive against the Maoists in deep forests, Jharkhand police have set up small action teams (SAT) as back up support and for carrying out operations independently.
"Small Action Teams (SAT) have been formed in the naxal-affected districts to assist and complement the CRPF and also handle independent operations on their own," Jharkhand`s Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar said on Thursday.
Faced with left wing extremism in 18 of the 24 districts in the state, the DGP said induction process of five battalions of CRPF/SSB (Special Security Battalion) has already been started in required areas.
Kumar said special anti-naxal operations were being led by senior police formations of the state.
He said a separate action plan against splinter groups like People`s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) and Tritiya Prastuti Committee has borne results with more than 30 PLFI leaders and cadres being arrested, besides the arrest of 40 other leaders and activists of other outfits.
Stating that there was a slight drop in naxal incidents in the first five months compared to the corresponding period in the last two years, he said a total of 181 naxal incidents were reported till May 31 this year as against 197 last year and 202 in 2011.
The CPI (Maoist) committed 52 per cent of violence out of the 181 incidents while its splinter groups People`s Liberation Front of India and another group was 29 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.
However, encounters in the state increased in the first five months of the year recording 31 as against 22 last year and 27 in 2011 in the corresponding period.
The police were successful in nabbing 294 extremists of
different groups this year, an increase compared to 2012 (211) and 2011 (160), the DGP said.
The security forces were engaged in 30 incidents of exchange of gun battles with the extremists during 185 special operations against naxalites conducted till May 31.
He said 10 bodies of naxalites were recovered till May 31 while intelligence reports said 12 other naxalites had been killed in encounters but their associates carried away the bodies.
The security forces were also successful in recovering six police weapons, ten regular weapons, 135 country made weapons, 974 cartridges, 51 IEDs, 2,575 detonators and 2,646.08 kg explosive substances during the period.
The police also recovered 1,63,000 rupees, he said, adding the money was collected by the naxalites as levy or extortion.