The Jheeram valley attack by naxals, which almost wiped out top Congress leadership in Chhattisgarh in 2013, was part of a tactical counter offensive campaign (TCOC) by ultras against the democratic set-up of the state government, according to the final chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Newly-appointed CRPF chief Prakash Mishra undertook a whirlwind tour of the worst Naxal violence- affected areas of Bastar in Chhattisgarh in order to firm up operations agaist the ultras in the state.
The local intelligence wing had suggested not to carry out large anti-Naxal operations in south Bastar forests, where the ultras recently killed 14 CRPF personnel, citing geographical complications and strong Maoist 'Jantana Sarkar' network, a senior police official said.
Government has decided to deploy an additional 11,000 paramilitary men for undertaking anti- Naxal operations in the worst Maoist-affected Bastar division of Chhattisgarh where red ultras recently carried out a deadly ambush and killed 14 CRPF personnel.
An alert has been issued by Chhattisgarh Police's intelligence wing about possible Naxal attacks in Bijapur district as the cadres are upset over their reducing manpower and losing safe dens in Bastar region.
In yet another setback to the Maoist movement in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, twelve naxals surrendered on Friday in Kanker district taking the total number of those laying down their arms to 315 this year in the state.
Three naxals, including a couple and a Maoist jan-militia commander, carrying rewards ranging from Rs 1-8 lakh for their arrest, surrendered in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bastar region on Monday, police said.
After Cyclone Hudhud pounded at the eastern seaboard of India, hitting Visakhapatnam the hardest, the storm - less intense now - is moving inland and Chhattisgarh is geared up to deal with the fierce weather unleashed.