Rourkela (Odisha): With Maoist ultras regrouping in the Saranda forest area as they used to do every winter, the security personnel this time are taking help of an unmanned aerial vehicle "Netra" to track their movements.
"Netra" would fly above the trees and take picture of the camps of ultras on the ground. The remote controlled device operated through satellite can also take accurate picture of arms being used by the the rebels, said a police officer engaged in anti-Maoist operation in the region.
Saranda forest, the second largest Sal coverage in Asia, bordering Jharkhand, was considered as the safe haven of Maoists. The ultras during every winter hold meetings and prepare strategy for their next operations, the officer said.
The CRPF personnel, special operation group (SOG) and district police are engaged in the anti-Maoist operation which coincides with the `Martyrs Week` celebration of the Maoists.
Every year, Maoists observe `martyrs week` between November 21-27.
"In fact this (anti-Maoist operation ) is not a coincidence rather a strategy which we adopted since last year to counter the Maoists in their own backyard," the officer stressed.