Police stations in Naxal-hit Maha districts declared sensitive

Last Updated: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 16:05

Mumbai: Reviewing the threat perception from Maoists in two Naxal-hit districts of Maharashtra, the state government has declared several police stations, armed
outposts and the office of a top policeman in the Maoist hotbed as "very sensitive".

In Gadchiroli district, 10 police stations, 14 sub police stations and 29 armed outposts have been declared as very sensitive. Six police stations and eight armed outposts in Gondia district have been categorised in the same bracket, a senior Home department official said.

According to police, Deputy Inspector General (Naxal Range) Sunil Ramanand`s office in Gadchiroli and C-60 Commando Units, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads, Dog Squads, Naxal control rooms, Wireless departments and eight police sub divisions in both the districts are also under the Naxal radar following which these units were also declared as very sensitive points.

Since 2009, Naxals had killed over 50 police personnel in state, police said.

"The very sensitive tag will be there for these police stations and other places till 2013. A review meeting would be held again after two years where it would be decided whether to lift this tag or not," said a senior police official.

The purpose of declaring these areas as sensitive was to make sure that police remain alert, the official said.

"These locations may be targeted any time by Naxals to kill policemen and loot weapons," the officer said.

In the past one year, as many as 27 civilians and six policemen were killed whereas 20 Naxalites have surrendered in Maharashtra. No major incident was reported this year.

In one of the major Naxal attacks, Maoists killed 16 policemen in the jungles of Gadchiroli district of the state on May 22, 2009.

One policeman was killed on November 29 last year in Gyarahwandi area in Gadchiroli where as on October 4, five policemen including a CRPF personnel were killed in a landmine blast.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 16:05

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