Gearing up for a strong offensive against left-wing extremism, Chhattisgarh police have claimed to have intensified the process of setting up 'fortified police stations' in Bastar region in order to strengthen security apparatus in the Naxal-hit area.
The Special Task Force (STF) of Chhattisgarh police, which lost seven personnel in an ambush last week, has come in for praise from the CRPF boss for undertaking independent operations "more often" to check the Maoist menace in the state.
Taking a strong action, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday said the official, who issued a notice to the family of martyred Special Police Officer (SPO) Kishore Pandey for return of Rs 10,000 spent on his funeral, has been suspended.
In light of videos emerging of a Maoist unit training to shoot down the choppers of security forces, the Chhattisgarh Police on Friday stated that it would study the videos and counteract the strategies of the ultras.
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.
Raipur: A Naxal deputy commander was killed and a police jawan injured in a fierce gun-battle between security personnel and ultras in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said today.
Chhattisgarh police will also interrogate the Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, arrested by the Gadchiroli police of Maharashtra on the charge of having links with the Naxals, a senior official said today.
Soni Sori, the tribal teacher who was held in Delhi last week on charges of being a Maoist conduit and is hospitalised here with head and back injuries, on Wednesday said Chhattisgarh Police were treating her like a criminal.