6,000 more CRPF men to be deployed for anti-Naxal operations

Government will send around 6,000 CRPF personnel to naxal-affected States of the country including Chhattisgarh where 76 securitymen were recently killed in a Maoist attack.

The six battalions of the CRPF to be sent for anti-Maoist operations will be drawn from units which have recently finished training and are scheduled to go for deployment, sources said.

The positioning of these battalions will be made in a time-bound manner in various states hit by Left wing extremism, including Chhattisgarh, to assist the state police in carrying out operations, they said. The government has already sent almost 60,000 central para-military personnel drawn from CRPF, ITBP and BSF for anti-naxal duties. The fresh deployment comes in the wake of the April 6 naxal attack on a police company in Dantewada which killed 75 CRPF men and a head constable of Chhattisgarh police.

(PTI, 14th April)