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Nearly 1 lakh central forces to reclaim Maoist-held territory

delhi Updated: Mar 11, 2013 02:20 IST
Aloke Tikku
Aloke Tikku
Hindustan Times
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Nearly 2,000 border guards are getting ready to move into Maoist heartland over the next few weeks. Under a new home ministry plan, 8,000 more central security personnel will be pushed into the red corridor to reclaim territories from Maoist guerrillas.

The surge will peak by June-end when central security forces fighting a bloody and fierce battle with Maoists will near 1 lakh security personnel. That is comparable to the 1.06 lakh western forces fighting to stabilise Afghanistan.

The centrally-coordinated offensive against the 40-year-old Maoist insurgency was launched three years ago to reclaim land where the guerrillas had pushed out the Indian state.

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Besides raising the security presence to enable execution of developmental projects, the plan intended to block routes across the bunch of contiguous districts in inter-state borders of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Maharashtra.

Government sources told HT that the fresh deployment plan — that will have a mix of CRPF, BSF and Sashastra Seema Bal — was shared with state police chiefs by home secretary RK Singh at a review meeting.

The first ones to move in would be 2 BSF battalions —each has a strength of a 1,000 men — that were on election duty in Tripura. “They will head straight to Odisha,” a BSF source confirmed.

Jharkhand and Bihar will get 3,000 more security personnel each.