`Over 80,000 troops in anti-Naxal operations`

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 15:28

New Delhi: More than 80,000 troops have been
deployed for anti-naxal operations in various Maoist-affected
states of the country, the government said on Tuesday.
Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh, while giving
the breakup of the forces in a written reply to Lok Sabha,
said "at present, 71 battalions of central armed police
forces, one Nagaland India Reserve battalion and 9 Commando
Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) have been deployed in
naxal-affected states to assist state forces in anti-naxal
operations."

A single battalion has a strength close to 1,000
personnel and with a total of 81 battalions, the approximate
strength of these forces comes to 81,000 personnel.
Singh also said that the level of violence and attack on
security forces have "declined" this year.

"The year 2011 (up to August 15) has recorded 1,128
incidents of naxal violence and killing of 93 security
personnel as compared to 1,429 incidents of violence and
killing of 218 security personnel during the corresponding
period of 2010," he said.

The minister said anti-naxal operations are carried out
on a "continuous basis" by security forces while denying a
question that any operation with codename `Operation
Greenhorn" has been launched by the government in this regard.

Paramilitary forces like CRPF, ITBP, BSF and SSB are
deployed by the central government for counter-naxal
operations.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 15:28

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