Reviewing threat perception from Maoists in two Naxal-infested districts, the state government declared several police stations, armed outposts and the office of a top cop in the naxal hotbed as very sensitive for the next two years.
In Gadchiroli district, 10 police stations, 14 sub police stations and 29 armed outposts were declared as sensitive. Whereas, six police stations and eight armed outposts in Gondia district have been categorised in the same bracket, a senior home department official said.
The police said the deputy inspector general (naxal Range), Sunil Ramanand's office in Gadchiroli and C-60 commando units, bomb detection and disposal squads, dog squads, naxal control rooms, wireless departments and eight police sub divisions in both the districts are also under the naxal radar following which these units were also declared as very sensitive points.
“The very sensitive tag will remain till 2013. A review meeting will be held again after two years where it will be decided whether to lift this tag or not,” said a senior police official.
The purpose of declaring these areas as sensitive was to make sure that police remain alert, the official said. “These locations may be targeted any time by naxals to kill policemen and loot weapons,” the officer said.
In the past one year, as many as 27 civilians and six policemen were killed whereas 20 naxalites have surrendered in Maharashtra. No major incident was reported this year.
In one of the major naxal attacks, Maoists killed 16 policemen in the jungles of Gadchiroli district of the state on May 22, 2009.