Wednesday, June 24, 2009

CRPF to take ISRO help for precision-guided ops against Maoists

The CRPF will soon approach the ISRO for expeditious satellite imaging and video mapping of all Naxal-infested areas, so that it can carry out special operations against the Maoists with precision.



With the government's thrust on flushing out Naxals, the paramilitary force will take the help of ISRO as also the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) for satellite mapping of forests and hills under control of the Left-wing militants, official sources said.



Aerial videography of the forests and hills in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand is currently underway, they said.



The Global Information System (satellite mapping) will help in organising systematic and precise special operations.



Both NTRO and ISRO were approached by the force a couple of years back to do the job, but now the matter has gained urgency in view of spurt in Naxal violence, described as the biggest threat to internal security by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.





"Lack of knowledge of the topography is the biggest hurdle before security men who are unable to challenge the Naxals, well-versed with the terrain," they said.



The Global Information System (digitalised mapping) when implemented will be a great boon for the forces, the sources said.



During operations, the security men will get to know exactly where they are and where they have to go to a ttack the Maoists.



"Digital images would show the exact topography. So we will know which route to take when the terrain is rocky or heavily forested," a senior official said.



Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was shown a presentation on Global Information System when he recently visited the CRPF headquarters in New Delhi.

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