Revisit paramilitary deployment in Maoist-hit areas: Chidambaram

Written by: Nairita Das
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New Delhi, 1 July (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has said a rethink is required on the deployment of security forces in the Maoist affected areas.

"Some of these deployments must be revisited (so as to ascertain) whether they are serving any purpose. I hope the Chief Minister will hold discussions with the CPMF (Central Para-Military Forces) and the state police and revisit these deployments, said Chidambaram.

We must deploy the paramilitary forces only when there is an operational objective or a developmental objective. Whether there are any lapses will be known only after an enquiry is conducted," he added.

The Maoists had killed 27 soldiers and injured over half dozen in an ambush in Jagdalpur region of Chhattisgarh earlier this week. The attack took place near Narayanpur, considered to be a bastion of the Maoists.

Maoist attacks have increased this year, especially after the government launched a coordinated security offensive involving tens of thousands of police trying to flush out the rebels from their jungle hideouts in central and eastern India.(ANI)

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