More than 50 Naxalites have sneaked into Madhya Pradesh's red ultras-affected Balaghat district from Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra after the security forces got tough with them in the two states, a senior police officer said.
"We have received reports of over 50 Naxals entering the district," Balaghat Superintendent of Police H C Mishra told PTI.
"We increased our vigil in sensitive areas and patrolling has been intensified in the areas, close to Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra," he said.
On October 12, the Balaghat police nabbed two Naxals and during investigation they found that one of them -- Kailash Baiga -- hailed from village Salawada in Rajnandgaon, he said.
Balaghat, Rajnandgaon, Gondia and Gadchiroli come under a division of Maharashtra State Committee of the CPI(Maoists), Mishra said.
Naxal activities have been reported in Balaghat for well over a decade. A battalion of CRPF, comprising around 1000 personnel, has been deployed in Balaghat since 2004, a police officer said, adding that the presence of Central force has proved to be a help in checking Naxal activities.