Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Joint operation to hunt rebels

TNN, Nov 21, 2010, 11.01pm IST


Read more: Joint operation to hunt rebels - The Times of India

BOKARO: The police and Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF) are carrying out a joint anti-Naxalite search operation in Jhumra and its surrounding areas in Gomia block here.

The recent spurt in rebel activities has forced the men in khakis to start hunt for Maoists in jungles.

The area, which was in peace since past one year, has suddenly shaken with landmine blasts triggered by Maoists recently. Behind the rise in Maoist activities, the upcoming panchayat elections is one of the reasons, feel the police. Maoists want to disturb polling process to create dominion among the residents of Maoists prone areas, they said.

After announcement of panchayat polls, the Maoists have given a boycott call, but seeing that despite the threat residents are filing nominations and are keen to take part in the democratic process, the Red outfits just went overboard. However, security forces have taken up challenge to conduct the elections peacefully in Maoist-prone areas.

Observing three separate landmine blasts in the foothills of Jhumra in past 10 days that claimed one security personnel and injured five others, have made the security forces launching operations. A large numbers of paramilitary forces have been deployed in the Jhumra region, who are carrying out operation.

"The operation is carried out to flush out Naxalities so that panchayat elections would be conducted in peaceful environment. We have deployed specially trained forces for such operation. They are scanning the area to search Red outfits," said Saket Singh, Bokaro SP.

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