Six of 18 CoBRA teams moved to Jharkhand from WB

With the West Bengal government offering talks to Maoists, six of the 18 teams of the elite CoBRA force, engaged in operations against Naxals in the junglemahal area, have been moved to neighbouring Jharkhand.

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2011, 19:23 PM IST

Kolkata: With the West Bengal government
offering talks to Maoists, six of the 18 teams of the elite
CoBRA force, engaged in operations against Naxals in the
junglemahal area, have been moved to neighbouring Jharkhand.

"At present operations in junglemahal are taken up on
specific intelligence reports and we don`t require so much
forces," a senior CRPF officer told PTI on condition of
anonymity.
"CoBRA (Combat Battalion for Resolute Action) is a
specialised force and is not used in combing operations, but
during standard operational procedure to neutralise the other
party," he said.

Asked whether there was any directive from the
West Bengal government to go soft on Maoists as a confidence
building measure for talks, he replied, "There is no question
of going soft. We are operating on specific intelligence based
reports and so the requirement has reduced."

He said that six of the 18 CoBRA teams have been moved
to Bokaro in Jharkhand and were also operating on the Bengal-
Jharkhand border.

According to CRPF sources, the number of CoBRA
personnel in a team ranged from five to 35 which depended on
the nature of the area of operation.
The anti-Maoist CoBRA teams were deployed in West
Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia comprising junglemahal were
deployed on June 18, 2009.

In the last two years the joint forces supported by
the COBRA forces have been exceptionally successful in
anti-Maoist operations in junglemahal.

PTI