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First phase of Operation Green Hunt begins

Posted by Admin on November 2, 2009

cartoonCHANDRAPUR: The first phase of the much talked about concerted operation against the Maoist rebels’ jungle bases — Operation Green Hunt —has begun in the Naxal-infested Gadchiroli district. As many as 18 companies of central paramilitary forces (CPMF) have been deployed in key Naxal infested areas identified for the offensive, close to the tri-junction of Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh.

These CPMF commandos have initiated search operations in coordination with the local security forces in their respective areas, sources in Gadchiroli police have said. The 1,800 CPMF commandos arrived in Gadchiroli on Wednesday last and were subsequently positioned in places identified for their deployment. “The Operation Green Hunt will be quite opposite to the one carried out in Lalgarh, West Bengal. The forces will penetrate Naxaldominated areas, clear and sanitise the locations and hold the territory so that other government agencies could move in to initiate developmental work.

The operations are expected to last around two years, an ample time frame for winning the hearts and minds of local people through developmental activities,” claimed police sources. A CPMF company each has been positioned at 18 bases in the core jungle areas, and they have initiated anti-Naxal search operations in coordination with special action group (SAG) and anti-Naxal special action squads (C-60) of the state security agency.

The companies of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), specially trained in jungle warfare, are also likely to move into the district in the later stages of the operation. The deployment of helicopters for transportation and rescue operations of troops is also in the offing, sources claimed.

The Naxal movement in Gadchiroli had taken root in 1980 and so far 276 civilians have been killed by Naxalites. As many as 138 cops have laid down their lives while 108 Naxals have been killed in encounters till now. In 2009 alone, 51 cops have been killed in four separate ambushes. Finally, it appears that the time has come for the security forces to launch an assault on the Maoist rebels. TOI

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