Raipur, Apr 15:In a revamping of its earlier strategy, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to rope in local police in the anti-Maoists operation to assist the Central forces, top police official said on Wednesday, Apr 14.
Police said that the decision was taken at the backdrop of the Dantewada massacre in which 75 CRPF personnel including one state policeman were killed by the Maoists.
They said that following the attack the strategy was being scrutinised and could lead to some major changes in the coming years.
Officials said that local police and special police officers would assist Central forces in their operations as they are quite familiar of the Naxal-hit areas and have good knowledge of the culture and language of those areas.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Raman Singh lauded the Special Police Officials (SPO) stating that they were doing a remarkable job and said that he was seriously considering SPO's request to form an SPO battalion.
Singh said that SPOs had requested him to promote 'Gram Suraj Abhiyaan' during his visit to Naxal-infested areas of the state.
He said that the SPOs,comprising mostly of tribals, want to flush out Naxals from the area, adding that the Maoists have along with unleashing terror have hampered the tribal culture in the state.