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Centre asks Naxal-hit states to step up operations

Top Naxal commander Kishenji was killed on November 24 in West Bengal last year in a special operation conducted by a joint squad of the state police and CRPF.



New Delhi: The Centre on Monday asked all Naxal- affected states and security forces to step up operations against the ultras and vigil against armed Maoists who are planning to intensify their offensive later this week.

Sources said the CPI (Maoist) will be observing the first death anniversary of slain Naxal leader Kishenji on November 24 and the immediate period preceding or following this date could witness attacks on security forces, railway tracks and other vital and economic and public infrastructure.

The Maoists under the banner of the People`s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) could undertake such attacks during 2-8 December in various states but sources said inputs suggested that Kishenji`s death anniversary has prompted them to advance their violent activity to the coming week.

Top Naxal commander Kishenji was killed on November 24 in West Bengal last year in a special operation conducted by a joint squad of the state police and CRPF.

An advisory issued by the Union Home Ministry has asked all Naxal-hit states and central paramilitary forces to undertake anti-Naxal operations, to step up their vigil and stay alert to any such incident.

The advisory has also asked the security forces to keep a check on Maoist activities, gatherings and any other offensive activity in their respective areas of operation.

PTI

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