'Over 80,000 troops deployed for anti-Naxal operations'
More than 80,000 troops have been deployed for anti-Naxal operations in various Maoist-affected states of the country, the government said on Tuesday.delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2011 15:36 IST
More than 80,000 troops have been deployed for anti-Naxal operations in various Maoist-affected states of the country, the government said on Tuesday.
Minister of state for home Jitendra Singh, while giving the breakup of the forces in a written reply to Lok Sabha, said "at present, 71 battalions of central armed police forces, one Nagaland India Reserve battalion and 9 Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) have been deployed in naxal-affected states to assist state forces in anti-Naxal operations."
A single battalion has a strength close to 1,000 personnel and with a total of 81 battalions, the approximate strength of these forces comes to 81,000 personnel.
Singh also said that the level of violence and attack on security forces have "declined" this year.
"The year 2011 (up to August 15) has recorded 1,128 incidents of Naxal violence and killing of 93 security personnel as compared to 1,429 incidents of violence and killing of 218 security personnel during the corresponding period of 2010," he said.
The minister said anti-Naxal operations are carried out on a "continuous basis" by security forces while denying a question that any operation with codename 'Operation Greenhorn" has been launched by the government in this regard.
Paramilitary forces like CRPF, ITBP, BSF and SSB are deployed by the central government for counter-Naxal operations.