Chhattisgarh: Teenagers in school uniforms under scanner

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Raipur, Nov 12: The Maoists are not leaving any stone unturned to give the elections a nasty dodge. Despite warnings, the turn out in the first phase of Assembly Elections was close to 70 percent.

Now, the maoists are furthering their modus operandi, turning teenagers to bombers. Although not in place yet, intelligence sources say that this is being considered by Maoist groups.

With the Phase 2 elections round the corner, security officials are extra careful as there are reports of Maoists using teenagers dressed in school uniforms to target security forces, while women cadres used for posing as voters to attack polling booths.

Add to it the fact that the Maoists have a stockpile of more than 20,000 kg of explosives that are being used to target political rallies and convoys.

"Recent Maoist literature also shows that Maoists are stressing on intensifying mine warfare. Use of teenagers and male cadres posing as voters to target booths is basically to handicap forces who will be reluctant to fire on children and civilians. And if they do, it would help Maoist propaganda," said a source.

In fact, major movements in Maoist cadres have been identified from Maharashtra and Odisha in several batches of 200-300 under senior leaders.

The State Government and the Centre have deployed close to 1 lakh security personnel from CRPF, CISF, BSF, ITBP and state police.

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