The government has hired two helicopters from a private firm to provide air support to security forces deployed in the jungles of Chhattisgarh and its border areas which are hotbeds of Maoist activities.
To firm up plans to give a heavy push to the fight against Naxals in their citadel in Bastar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting of Chief Ministers of four Maoist-hit states -- Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Odisha – on Monday.
In order to reduce casualties of its troops from landmine blasts in anti-Naxal operations, the Central Reserve Police Force has decided to shun its mine protected vehicles as troop carriers for routine operations.
CRPF, which is deployed for anti- Naxal operations, has decided to shun its standard weapon of combat, the indigenous INSAS rifle, and henceforth arm its troops exclusively with the AK series of assault rifles.
In the backdrop of the Union Home ministry recently pulling up Bihar for its "failure" in controlling Naxal violence, the CRPF has now deployed close to 200 commandos of its special CoBRA battalion in the state.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has launched a massive anti-Naxal operations in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, reports said on Friday.