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Police forces concern hi-tech weapons equipped Naxals


Police apprehend that the ultras are working on strengthening mobile warfare strategy against security forces in the Naxal-hit state

NaxalsRaipur: The recovery of high-tech arms, ammunition and gadgets from Maoist hideouts in Chhattisgarh recently has set alarm bells ringing as police apprehend that the ultras are working on strengthening mobile warfare strategy against security forces in the Naxal-hit state. As per intelligence sources, the devices were earlier never found with the ultras.

Talking with PTI, Additional Director General (ADG), Naxal operation, RK Vij said, ÔÇťAdvanced direction finder-GPS, China made binoculars, claymore landmines and many other latest devices have been recovered from Maoist hideouts in Rajnandgaon district (bordering Maharashtra) in the past two years. It indicates that Naxals are trying to consolidate their communication technology and acquire some sophisticated weapons but still there is long way to go for them,” he said.

A senior Intelligence Bureau official, on condition of anonymity, told PTI that “with gradual development of equipment and gadgets in security forces’ camps, the rebel fold is also attempting to give them a tough challenge in this segment.” They have equipped themselves with modern technologies as they are using highly sophisticated VHF (very high frequency) sets which are not only transceivers, but also scanners with scrambler facility.

Apart from using satellite phones and mobile phones, the Reds are working with sophisticated communication equipment and laptops, data cards etc, the official said, adding that they are also extensively using Internet for transmission of encrypted data.

As far as explosives are concerned, use of crude rockets, pressure activated mines, wireless activated mines and booby traps are frequently being used to target security forces in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, the official said. The Naxals have also developed expertise in exploding landmines at night – blasting a SUV at Bodeguda near Sukma (on May 17, 2011) and MPV (mine protected vehicle) near Katekalyan (on June 9, 2011) are cases in point, the official mentioned.

Police fear that Naxals have become self-reliant in rocket technology and developed rocket launchers, which could explode under the impact of hitting the target. In 2005, rockets and launchers were recovered from Dhoudai Police Station of Narayanpur district.

However, since then the forces have never recovered such weapons in the region. “It is suspected that Naxals have now developed very powerful rockets that can cause major damage but still they need to get equipped with good quality launchers,” he said. The rocket launchers pose a real threat to the flying machines in the region, he added.


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