Bihar Police has launched anti-Naxal operation amid intelligence inputs that Maoists from Jharkhand were shifting base to the state to escape the security dragnet in the wake of impending state assembly polls there.
In a strict disciplinary action, the CRPF has suspended 17 of its troopers, including four junior officers, for "inaction" after an inquiry found that they deserted their martyred colleagues during a deadly Naxal ambush earlier this year in Chhattisgarh which claimed 16 lives alongwith a civilian.
The "stringent steps" taken by the Jharkhand Police against naxal activities have yielded results, with the state recording 35 per cent decrease in naxal-related incidents this year compared to the previous years, Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar said on Sunday.
Though the state police got some success in their operation against the Maoists recently, Director General of Police Sanjeev Marik on Thursday said more intensified anti-Maoist operations were required.
Maharashtra has received Rs 50 crore out of the total Rs 120 crore additional central assistance extended to four Naxal infested districts of Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur and Bhandara for year 2013-2014 and 2014-15.
The Home Ministry has asked the Defence Ministry to take action against IAF men who had abandoned an injured policeman and an armed helicopter in Chhattisgarh, saying the incident was extremely disturbing.