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C’garh:Security forces step up anti-Naxal ops ahead of monsoon


Raipur: As the security forces face more difficulties in carrying out operations against Maoists in the interiors of Bastar region during the rainy season, they have intensified activities to crack down on the rebels before the monsoon, which is likely to arrive by next week.

“Overflowing rivulets and slushy forest floors often make it difficult for security forces to carry out large scale operations in the interior restive pockets during the monsoon,” a senior police official told PTI.

“However, at the same time Naxals also put brakes on their offensive activities and focus more on recruitment drive and spreading their propaganda during the rainy season after their three-month long tactical counter-offensive campaign (TCOC),” he added.

TCOC is carried out by Naxalites during summers, in which security forces witness a lot of movement of these groups and an increased risk of attacks.

In the last one week, security forces have busted two Naxal camps and killed three women ultras, besides recovering a cache of arms and ammunitions in different districts of Bastar.

While two women cadres were killed in Kondagaon district yesterday, one rebel was gunned down in Bijapur on June 2.

“Maoists generally prefer permanent hideouts and camps ahead of monsoon or settle at villages for safety from rains. We are closely following the intelligence inputs generated by increased movement of the Maoist cadres during this period to bust their hideouts,” the official said.

“Yesterday’s operation in Kondagaon was the outcome of the same strategy,” he added.

Notably, the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Bastar is also observing Jan Pituri Week between June 5 and 11 in memory of their slain leaders. They also focus on recruitment in the movement during this period.

Patrolling by paramilitary forces has been intensified in the Naxal-infested areas in anticipation of enhanced Maoist activity. Vehicular traffic was thin at many places in south Bastar’s remote areas.

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