CRPF WILL DEPLOY 2000 COBRA IN SUKMA TO DEFANG THE MAOISTS AND THEIR ARSENAL :

The Central Reserve Police Force will soon deploy a fresh squad of about 2,000 commandos from its special guerrilla warfare CoBRA battalions in and around the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh to defang the Maoists and their arsenal.   Sukma and its adjoining areas have witnessed some of the deadliest ambushes on security forces recently like the one where 25 CRPF men were killed in the Burkapal area of the district on April 24.  Twelve CRPF men were similarly killed by Naxals on March 11 in Sukma.  A top official privy to the development said the paramilitary has prepared a blueprint to mobilise at least 20 to 25 companies of the CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) from their present locations in West  Bengal, Bihar, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh to the Bastar region that has some of the worst Maoist violence-hit districts of the central state.  A CoBRA company has about 100 personnel each.  The official explained the rationale behind the move to “very soon” airlift these teams from their current bases.  “The CoBRA does operations based only on intelligence inputs and has been raised as a team of highly-trained commandos who neutralise the enemy and destroy their hideouts with minimal collateral damage. The CoBRA teams will specifically be used to increase the kill ratio of the forces and deliver heavy blow to the Naxals TCOC campaign,” the official said.  The Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign is  launched by Maoists every year in summer to kill security forces personnel and loot their weapons by catching them off guard when they are either out on a long patrol in the  blistering sun or are deployed in these hard terrain areas for protection tasks like road construction and others.  Rediff.com : 8th. May,17

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