‘Effective operations needed in Naxal hit areas’

P Chidambaram on Thursday batted for continuing effective and "intelligence-based" operations in Naxal-hit states as he announced over 800 fresh posts for the crucial snoop unit of BSF.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 13:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday
batted for continuing effective and "intelligence-based"
operations in Naxal-hit states as he announced over 800 fresh
posts for the crucial snoop unit of BSF.

He also asked the force to deploy its "skills and
tactics" for anti-Maoist offensives which it has developed
over the years in anti-insurgency operations.

"I would urge the BSF to continue to upgrade their skills
and tactics that have been developed over years of experience
in counter-insurgency operations and to adapt them in ongoing
anti-Naxal operations," Chidambaram said while addressing
jawans and officers of the force during their 46th Raising Day
celebrations here.

"I am sure the BSF, with its proven capabilities, is
ideally equipped and trained to undertake important
intelligence-based operations to achieve success," he said
after he reviewed the Border Security Force (BSF) parade at
its camp in South-west Delhi`s Chhawla.

The BSF is in the process of inducting close to 2,000
additional personnel (two battalions), adding to existing ten
battalions, for anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh and
Orissa.

"I am happy to say that this year the government has
approved major proposals for strengthening the BSF...1,520
posts for augmenting the training capacities, 450 additional
posts for engineering (wing) and 825 posts for the BSF `G` set
up," the Home Minister announced.

The `G` branch of the BSF acts as the backbone for
conducting precision operations and it is being replicated by
the CRPF at present for its anti-Naxal operations.

PTI