Naxal alert: Govt warns of retaliatory attacks in 3 states

Last Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010 - 23:31

New Delhi: The Government today warned of
retaliatory attacks from Maoists in Naxal-affected states
following the arrest of four Left Wing extremists and seizure
of over 2,800 kgs of explosives.

The Centre has alerted all its security forces operating
in the Maoist-affected states to be on vigil as the Naxals
could carry out a retaliatory attack on them, official sources

The forces have arrested two Maoists leaders from
Bokaro, Jharkhand and two in Andhra Pradesh yesterday. The
questioning of the duo held from Bokaro, including naxal
leader Panju Manjhi, led to seizure of 2,800 kilograms of

"We are expecting a knee-jerk reaction from the Maoists
in the states affected by Naxalism following the developments.
The security forces operating in these areas have been asked
to be on alert," they said.

The security forces armed with modern assault rifles,
GPS, satellite phones and assisted by helicopters for aerial
survey, have been carrying operations in Jharkhand-West
Bengal-Orissa border area.

During a strike on Wednesday, the forces came across a
training camp in the forests besides cooked food and utensils
for nearly 200 Naxals.

Also seized were a large quantity of medicines and a
well laid out water pipeline for the camp with Sintex tanks.
Naxal literature and 10 Improvised Explosive Devices were also
seized, the sources said.

They said Panju Manjhi, an `area commander` of the
Naxals, was arrested besides 20 other people till date as part
of the joint operation.

Sources said four companies (400 personnel) of central
forces are in action in each state and are being assisted by
the state police.

While the Centre had already moved about 60,000
personnel to Naxal-hit states over the last few months, the
operation till now was only intra-state.

The first state where the joint operation was initiated
was Chhattisgarh followed by Maharashtra.


First Published: Monday, March 15, 2010 - 23:31

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