Anti-Naxal operations on in remote areas of Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh
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A massive anti-Naxal operation is currently on in all affected states in a well co-ordinated manner at places that are "very remote and far-flunge", sources told The Indian Express.
Led by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and assisted by state police, the operations are on since December 26 – birth anniversary of Mao. While the CRPF is saying it's a four-day long operation, sources refused to acknowledge the period, saying, "no comments on it."
This is the first time that all states are doing these operations together with operational boundaries of jurisdiction being fused in a seamless manner.
While it covers all affected states, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh are where the operations are particularly intensive.
Authorities, however, are completely tight-lipped about the nature of operations, but sources said, "it's a ground offensive and combing by over 40,000 policemen in very remote areas and many Naxal camps have so far been busted."
A senior official told The Indian Express on Saturday: "That there is a security vacuum in many of these states is well-known. The idea is to best utilise this clear-weather time of the year till monsoon by when the next elections are due, to make an effective dent in the Maoist-held areas ."
The operation was planned at a recent meeting of all DGPs of Naxal-affected states. It was decided to undertake them after the forces are done with their preoccupation with the recently-held elections in five states.
Choppers stationed at Nagpur and Raipur for assistance have been put on high alert, sources said.
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