Friday, July 10, 2009

Cops on guard as Naxals get into huddle

10 Jul 2009, 2231 hrs IST, Soumittra S Bose, TNN

NAGPUR: With the onset of monsoons, there has been a dip in Naxal activities as their top cadres have assembled at Abujhmarh. This meeting of Naxals
seems crucial in the backdrop of state minister of state for home (urban) Naseem Arif Khan announcing a major offensive to wipe out Naxal menace.

Considered as a vital red-corridor link in Dandakaranya, the rebels had recently began vigorous campaigns both in field operations and at organisational level in Gadchiroli. The movement seemed to have got a big boost after strikes at Markegaon and Hatti Gota this year. Naxal violence has already claimed 38 policemen in Gadchiroli since October 2008. Statistics show an increase of 60 cases related to Naxal movement in the corresponding first six months of 2008 and 2009 (see box).

Sources reveal that Naxals have started concentrating on attacking patrolling parties . "Though they could not do much during special week last year, this year they may try to do something to announce their presence. Only rain can deter their action," said a senior police officer.

Additional DGP Pankaj Gupta, head of ANO cell, claimed that Chhattisgarh has already been apprised of the situation. "Plans are afoot to conduct target-specific operations along the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border," said Gupta.

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