Friday, July 31, 2009

5,000 BSF men to join anti-Naxal operations

Updated on Friday, July 31, 2009, 21:24 IST Tags:5, 000, BSF, Naxal

New Delhi: In a move to flush out Naxalites, BSF men will be deployed in Maoist infested states along with CRPF, the only para-military fighting the menace at present.

Five battalions of the Border Security Force will be deployed in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Maharashtra.

"Around 5,000 men, drawn from various frontiers of the BSF will de deployed for anti-Naxal operations in five states by September last," official sources said.

These states have been hit by the onslaught of Naxal violence and lost more than 230 security men this year alone.

When asked for a confirmation, Director General BSF M L Kumawat said, "BSF has earlier played a leading role in anti-Naxal operations. We may go to Naxal hit areas whenever ordered."
Talking about the construction of bunkers along the Indo-Pak border, Kumawat who retired today from service said,

"Its a fact. After 26/11 there had been strengthening of defence structures, bunkers by Rangers but as a matter of policy we did not react in that manner. We took all other measures to thwart any misadventure."

Bureau Report

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