Thursday, March 04, 2010

Centre sets up combined SOGs in Naxal-affected states

TNN, Mar 4, 2010, 02.59am IST

NEW DELHI: As part of its plan to take on Red ultras more effectively, the Centre has set up combined Special Operation Groups (SOGs) of state police forces and CRPF in each naxal-affected state, which will coordinate among themselves for joint operations.

Sources in the home ministry said that the SOGs, comprising 40-50 selected personnel from the paramilitary and concerned state police force, were being provided required logistic and other support for the coordinated action.

"Local police are part of the SOGs due to their knowledge of terrain and regional language", said an official.

The SOGs will commence operations in seven most naxal infested states -- Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh -- in due course as part of the ongoing offensive against the ultras.

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