Monday, December 14, 2009

"Pakistan" of Chhattisgarh leaves anti-Naxal forces puzzled

PTISunday, December 13, 2009 13:32 IST

Raipur: There is a "Pakistan" inside India and in Chhattisgarh, believe security personnel referring to the impregnable Naxal headquarters located within the dense 4,000 square kilometre Abujhmad forest of the state.

It is bothering the anti-naxal forces comprising various para-military forces like CRPF, CoBRA, BSF and ITBP that there is not a single map available with the state government for them to plan their operations, say officials engaged in the operations and strategy.

The forces have to re-work their strategy for the area which emerged as a black-hole in the absence of any revenue survey being conducted after independence, they said.

No police personnel dares to cross river Indravati as the Naxals have mined all the approaches. The police and public in adjoining districts of this forest refer to the area as "Pakistan" where a "visa is required from naxals to enter it."

Police officials in the area, speaking on condition of anonymity, do admit that no one has ventured into the forest for years which has a growth of teak and sheesham wood besides mahua flowers, used for making country-made liquor.

The forces had thrown a ring around the dense forests before they could rework their strategy to enter into the area as state police had expressed its inability in providing any insight of the area, they said.

The forests which are also inhabited by Abujhmadiya tribals had a cover from various state governments of the past which had decided to leave the area untouched.

Public had to take a permission from local district authorities to enter the forests.

Last year, Raman Singh Government in the state decided to remove the permission clause and allow anyone to venture in the forests. However, no one had taken the decision seriously and anyone venturing into the area was more happy in taking permission from Naxal groups operating in the area.

The security personnel have established camps in Narayanpur, Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada and Kanker districts to prevent any Naxalite from slipping away from the net, the sources said.

Some modern equipments had been brought in to help in understanding the topography of the dense forests as the satellite images had also failed in giving any clue for a proper route inside the forests.

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