Sunday, April 11, 2010

Naxal menace: State border outposts fortified

Express News Service Posted online: Monday , Apr 12, 2010 at 0203 hrs

Lucknow : After the loss of a CRPF company in Dantewada, police stations and outposts in Sonbhadra district bordering Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh have been fortified to combat any Naxal attack.

As many as 12 police stations of the district are located close to the borders of Naxal-affected states. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Mirzapur Range, R P Singh, said eight companies of PAC and three companies of CRPF — trained for anti-naxal combat — have also been deployed in the areas bordering Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and MP.

“The CRPF and the PAC men are regularly combing these areas along with the local police. They are keeping a close watch on the activities around the forest region,” the DIG said.

Sonbhadra SP Preetinder Singh said that areas under police stations in Kon, Manchi, Windomganj, Raipur, Pannuganj, Babhni, Bijpur, Shakti Nagar, Anpara, Chopan, Obra and Gorawal are located close to Uttar Pradesh’s borders sharing with Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and MP.

While Kon, Manchi, Windomganj, Raipur, Babhni, Bijpur and Pannuganj are situated on the borders of Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh, others border MP. “Since no Naxal activity has been traced to the borders of Madhya Pradesh for several years, the security personnel have been deployed in the areas bordering the three other states. While Sonbhadra and Chandauli districts in Uttar Pradesh are affected mostly by Naxals active in Jharkhand and Bihar, those in Chhattisgarh are not yet active in UP areas,” Singh said. “The police teams and the paramilitary forces are on alert. They have been told to stay in touch around the clock with the police stations on the borders and move cautiously,” he added.

The PAC men, who are armed with sophisticated weapons and wireless sets, are deployed in bunkers at each of the police station — keeping a watch on the movement of the suspects. The armoury of the police stations has been equipped with adequate arms and ammunition, the SP said.

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