Central forces on Monday stormed Kantapahari, the hub of the naxal-backed tribal agitation further consolidating their position in the Maoist-infested areas of West Midnapore district.
Completing one third of the operations, 1,600 personnel from the BSF, CRPF and special anti-naxal force CoBRA converged on the hamlet from Lalgarh and Ramgarh which were captured by paramilitary forces after remaining under control of the Maoists for eight months.
A helicopter hovered in the air to spot the Maoists and help the personnel carry out their operation with precision.
DIG CID (Special Operations Group), Siddhinath Gupta said that the forces were now in Kantapahari, where a police camp existed in 2005 before being withdrawn. “A camp will be established here after all these years,” he said.
DIG (Midanpore range) Praveen Kumar said the operations had not ended. “Entering Kantapahari was part of it.”
A senior police officer, however, told PTI that one third of the operations were complete.