Kothagudem: With the advent of summer, police in neighbouring Chhattisgarh launched operation ‘Prahar’ — an intensive anti-Maoist operation. The operation was being carried from the border areas of Telangana, Maharashtra and Odisha, deep into the Maoist-inflicted forests of Sukma and Narayanpur districts.
Operation Prahar began on the night of February 18 and is said to be first one to be launched this year. According to police personnel part of the operation, security forces involving Special Task Force (STF), District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were sweeping the forests simultaneously from Telangana and Maharashtra borders.
Around 1,400 security personnel from STF, DRG and CRPF, besides 450 from CRPF’s CoBRA are participating in the anti-Maoist operation, DGP DM Awasthi said. So far under ‘Prahar’, the police eliminated two naxals and injured several others, while losing one of their jawans. The police also located and destroyed some improvised explosive devices (IED) planted by Maoists underground.
The operation was being executed based on specific intelligence inputs on the movement of naxals. It was also being executed in Abujmarh forests which cover Narayanpur, Bijapur and Dantewada districts. High-tech gadgets such as drone cameras were reportedly being used to spot Maoists’ locations and target them. It was said that the police learnt about the presence of over 500 uniformed naxals in the forests of Chintagup and Burkapal in Sukma district.