For the first time in three years of battling Maoists in Jangalmahal, security forces have modified their operations, lifestyle and food habits, bowing to the heat wave searing West Bengal.
“We are cutting off unnecessary operations. But vital operations and routine patrolling have to go on. Our doctors are keeping track of the health of the jawans,” said Vivek Sahay, IG, CRPF.
Jawans are being given light duties for a week to get acclimatised to the heat in Jangalmahal — forest areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts — before heading for operations.
Oil and butter in food have been reduced and jawans have been prescribed rice, pulses, vegetables, salads and curd.
The tin roofs at barracks have been covered with elephant grass, which is being watered to help the jawans keep their cool when mercury is hovering at 40°C.