Friday, March 05, 2010

Govt to send 2000 more paramilitary men to Bihar, J'khand

Agencies Posted online: Thursday , Mar 04, 2010 at 1941 hrs

New Delhi : The Union Home Ministry has decided to send around 2,000 additional paramilitary force personnel to Bihar and Jharkhand to assist the state police forces to counter the Maoists violence.

The two battalions (1,000 personnel in each battalion) of security men, having specialised training in jungle warfare, will reach the two states by March 10.

Both Bihar and Jharkhand will get one battalion each, Home Ministry officials said.

The central government will send 6,000 more paramilitary personnel to Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal in the next 40 days after completion of their training.

The four eastern states had together asked for 14,000 additional forces from the central government at the February 9 meeting of the states held in Kolkata. The meeting was chaired by Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Around 60,000 central security personnel are currently deployed in Naxal-affected states to assist the state governments to counter the Naxals.

Security forces are now engaged in an offensive against the Maoists in the three inter-state junctions which are considered to be the hotbed of the extremists. They are Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra-Orissa, Chhattisgarh-Orissa and West Bengal-Jharkhand.

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