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Anti-Maoist offensive soon in Chhattisgarh, Bengal on red alert

Ravik Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, May 30, 2013
First Published: 16:37 IST(30/5/2013) | Last Updated: 19:02 IST(30/5/2013)

An all-out anti-Maoist operation involving specialised forces such as CoBRA and Andhra Pradesh's Greyhounds will begin anytime soon in Chhattisgarh in the wake of the last Saturday's massacre, in which several top Congress leaders were killed by left-wing ultras in Bastar.

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More than a 1,000 special security personnel have already been sent into the deep forests of Chhattisgarh, prompting the West Bengal government to alert its police, as it fears the operation might force the fleeing ultras into hiding in the state.

Baghmundi and Bankura in Purulia and West Midnapore districts of the state can be the possible hideouts for the Maoists at a time when paramilitary forces and the state police are engaged in security duty for the panchayat polls and the situation in the state has been relatively peaceful.

Also, Jharkhand home minister Nankiram Kanwar said though the operation is centered at Chhattisgarh, it might escalate to other states including West Bengal.

Chhattisgarh director general of police Ram Niwas said West Bengal government and other Maoist-hit states are being approached for assistance in the operation.

A West Bengal home department official, wishing anonymity, said the state was fully prepared to take on any armed squad that enters the state.

In the wake of Bastar massacre, security of top political leaders including chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool all India general secretary Mukul Roy, party MP Suvendu Adhikari, Sisir Adhikari and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is being increased.


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