Redeployment of forces in Naxal hit areas

Written by: Nairita Das
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New Delhi, July 2 (ANI): The Union Home Ministry is working out on a plan for the redeployment of paramilitary forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations in states.

A phase wise plan in consultation with the state governments is being worked out in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal for redeployment and strengthening of the paramilitary forces.

According to Home Ministry officials redeployment has become necessary due to the operational requirements.

Under the new plan, the distances of troop posts will be reduced and in some cases the number of personnel will be increased while in other cases the posts will be relocated. However, no central forces deployed in a particular state will be moved out from that state.

The plan will be first implemented in Chhattisgarh where CRPF has suffered maximum casualties in the recent past. After Chhattisgarh, the plan will be implemented in Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal.

Home Minister P Chidambaram had also asked the Chhattisgarh Government for relocation and reconfiguration of paramilitary forces in the state as according to him some of the deployments made in 2007 and 2008 were not operationally viable now. (ANI)

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