Maoists' writ runs in large swathes of mineral-rich south Chhattisgarh, posing the "biggest challenge" for security forces deployed for anti-Naxal operations, the chief of CRPF, the largest paramilitary force tasked with the exercise, has said.
A powerful improvised explosive device (IED) weighing 50 kg, suspected to have been planted by insurgents of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), was unearthed by security forces from a road in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district, a police official said here on Monday.
The Union Home Ministry has directed central paramilitary forces like CRPF and BSF to restrain their personnel from sharing "sensitive" information and photos on social media forums like WhatsApp and Facebook.
The agitation for quotas for Patels in government jobs and educational institutions will be expanded to other states and include castes like Kurmis and Gujjars, Hardik Patel, who led the stir that plunged Gujarat into violence said on Sunday.
The home ministry on Wednesday said there was no proposal to replace all INSAS rifles given to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), adding that weapons of different calibres were provided and all weapons had their own utility.
Government has sanctioned procurement of 50 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for central armed police forces like CRPF and BSF, besides deciding to grant some special duty allowances to the troops of these forces deployed in hard duty areas.
On a day Punjab's border district of Gurdaspur was hit by a terror strike, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said India wants to have cordial relations with Pakistan but will give a befitting reply if national pride is challenged.
CRPF, the country's largest paramilitary force, has prohibited routine purchase of liquor for its jawans and officers after it found consumption of hard drinks was having an "adverse" effect on the health of the troops.