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Can 'Operation Octopus' lead to annihilation of naxals?

  • Bhaskar News
  • Apr 08, 2012, 18:55 PM IST
Can 'Operation Octopus' lead to annihilation of naxals?

Raipur: Both Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand will hold a joint exercise called "Operation Octopus" to clear hundreds of naxal landmines along the state border.

It is generally very difficult to track the landmines that are placed 5 to 8 feet below the ground. These explosives are placed to counter armed forces. In Chhattisgarh areas like Sarguja, Ambikapur, Jashpur and in Jharkhand the operation would cover Latehar, Lohardagga and Simdega.

Talking to Dainik Bhaskar over the phone IG of naxal operations in Jharkhand, Rajkumar Malik, said that part from Chhattisgarh, three Jharkhand districts are plagued by naxal landmines. These areas have dense forests and mountains and are infested with naxal hideouts. And these landmines ensure that security forces do not reach the naxal dens. Post Operation Octopus, it will be easier for security forces to penetrate deep into naxal bastions.

Two days back Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand police in a joint operation claimed to have killed six naxal militants. During the operation it is said that naxals had attacked the helicopter of security forces.

The strategy for the joint exercise is being chalked out, Ram Niwas, ADG of naxal operations said.

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