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CRPF claims big success, Jharkhand Maoists’ base cleared

CRPF Director General Kuldeep Singh said on Wednesday that security forces have cleared the forest area of ​​Latehar and Garhwa districts in Jharkhand and Balrampur in neighboring Chhattisgarh from Left Wing Extremism (LWE). Jharkhand can now be said to be free from Maoists.

The Budhapahar region was dominated by Maoists for the last three decades. Singh said that on Monday, the government sent forces with the help of Mi-17 helicopters and a permanent camp was set up there for the forces.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated the CRPF and the state security forces for this success “under the leadership of the Prime Minister”. Narendra Modi”, and said that the Ministry of Home Affairs will continue the policy of zero tolerance against Left Wing Extremism and terrorism and this fight will be intensified.

Addressing the media here on Wednesday, Singh said that several operations carried out in the Budhapahad area in Jharkhand in the last several years have failed as Maoist operatives, among others, had planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), thereby increasing security. It was made almost impossible for the forces. make a breakthrough. “We have been operating in Jharkhand since April this year. We managed to reach Budhapahar for the first time on 5th September and a Mi-17 (helicopter) successfully landed there two days back…”

Singh said that the CRPF has conducted three major operations in Jharkhand before setting up the camp. “Since April, we have been conducting ‘Operation Octopus’. Earlier there used to be ‘Operation Double Bull’ and ‘Operation Thunderstorm’, which continues even today in tribal areas. We have also found that Maoists have set up a factory in Chhattisgarh and are making an under barrel grenade launcher to attack us.

Singh said, “After recapturing Buddhapahar, the SP of the area camped there for about a week. The District Magistrate has also visited the area twice.

According to Home Ministry data till June 30 this year, seven Maoists have been killed and 436 arrested/surrendered in Chhattisgarh; Four Maoists killed and 120 arrested/surrendered in Jharkhand; And in Bihar 36 Maoists were arrested/surrendered. Data shows that so far this year, security forces have killed three Left Wing Extremists in Madhya Pradesh.

Apart from Jharkhand, Singh said, the CRPF also conducted operations in “extremely inaccessible areas of Chakrabandh and Bhimabandh in Bihar”. He said, “In May, we conducted an operation in Bihar…. We can say that now Bihar and Jharkhand are Naxal-free, they may have a presence in the form of ransom gangs, but there is no place with Naxal supremacy in Bihar. There is no place in Bihar and Jharkhand where the army cannot reach.

Singh also said that the incidents of violence related to Left Wing Extremism have come down significantly. In 2009, it was at an all-time high of 2,258, which declined to 509 in 2018, the MHA said.

In a media release, the MHA said, “The fight against Naxalites has now reached its final stage and this can be proved by the fact that in 2022, compared to 2018, 39 per cent of the incidents of Left Wing Extremism related violence There has been a reduction of 26 percent in the number of sacrifices made by the security forces. The number of civilian casualties has come down by 44 percent…”

On Left Wing Extremism deaths, the home ministry said the death toll, which stood at its highest level of 1,005 in 2010, declined to 147 in 2021. “Their sphere of influence (also) has come down significantly. At the same time, the area of ​​influence of the Maoists has also reduced significantly… from 96 districts in 2010 to only 39 districts in 2022,” it said.

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