With an aim of countering the 'anti-developmental' propaganda of Maoists, the CRPF has devised a new strategy of putting up hoardings in local dialect to seek tribals' support in construction of a National Highway in Chhattisgarh's worst insurgency-hit Sukma district.
Maoists went on a rampage in parts of Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bastar region killing two people, including a security personnel, and damaging a part of a railway line, leading to the derailment of two engines of a goods train.
A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) constable was on Monday killed, while another was injured when a pressure bomb went off allegedly set by Maoists in the state's insurgency-hit Sukma district, police sources said.
The Centre on Monday promised to help Naxal-hit states to intensify developmental projects relating to roads, bridges, education and other infrastructure in such locations besides carrying out offensives against the rebels.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Monday, chaired a meeting of Chief Ministers of four Maoist-hit states - Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Odisha - to firm up plans to give a heavy push to the fight against Naxals in their citadel in Bastar.
As it comes to grips with the Maoist menace in Jharkhand, the Raghubar Das government is aiming to address the lack of development in the rural parts of the state -- where years of left-wing extremism has hampered the building of roads and bridges -- by involving security personnel in infrastructure creation.
Noting that left wing extremism situation continues to remain challenging in three bordering districts of Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday sought two additional battalions of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to counter the red rebels.