Thursday, August 25, 2005

New force to fight Maoists in Bengal

Friday August 26 2005 00:00 IST

KOLKATA: A special paramilitary force trained in counter-insurgency operations will soon be deployed in West Bengal to fight Maoist guerrillas, a senior police official said on Thursday.

"The new crack team has been raised especially to deal with Maoists," said Subash Goswami, inspector general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the paramilitary outfit from where the men were selected for the new force.

The first batch of 1,000 paramilitary troops is being deployed this week in three districts of West Bengal - West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura - where Maoist rebels have killed at least 10 policemen and politicians from the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) in recent months.

The new force will be armed with AK-47 rifles, light machine guns, carbines and grenades. As part of new plans to fight Maoists, more counter insurgency trained teams under the CRPF will be raised.
Maoist-affected states are also working on intelligence sharing and coordinated campaigns

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