Maoists are working hard to create a Red corridor

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India, 28 feb-

In a cause of concern for security forces, Maoists are working hard to create a Red corridor through Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
The ultras have identified the routes for the Red corridor in these States. Sources said that the Maoists are primarily focusing on creation of a safe corridor to elude security forces engaged in anti-Naxalite operations.
However, the move of the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) is being watched closely and respective State Governments are taking up anti — Maoist operations to foil the move. Top officers engaged in anti-Naxalite operations feel that there is a need for joint operations by Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.


There is also a requirement of improving deployment of security forces in the borders of these three neighbouring States, which are facing the Maoist menace. While deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)s in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand is substantial, their inadequate presence in the border areas of Odisha is posing a huge problem, pointed out a senior official in the Department of Home.
While Maoists are actively trying to create a separate corridor to connect Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, they are out to terrorize the civilians on Andhra Pradesh and Odisha borders. The ultras innocent people in Kalahandi, Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts.
Sources said that Maoists are hyperactive in Malkangiri as a result of which 38 violent incidents have occurred in this district and at least 15 innocent civilians dubbed as ‘Police Informers’ have been eliminated by the Naxalites.
Top officials admit that the cut-off area of Malkangiri district is an area of concern as the ultras are active in the region.
Completion of Gurupriya bridge will be a major boost for the State administration, which is trying hard to provide robust communication infrastructure so that movement and deployment of armed police forces will be made easier.
Official sources reveal that there has been a marked decrease in Maoist violence in the State in 2016 and 2017 due to steps taken up by both State and Central police forces. While there were 86 violent incidents of Maoist action during 2016, it had gone down to 81 violent incidents in 2017. Similar is the killing of civilians, said sources.
While in 2016, at least 24 innocent people were slain by the Maoists, it has gone down to 21 in 2017.
But civilians are facing the wrath of the Maoists and they are vulnerable as the ultras are active in Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Angul districts.
The State Government has urged the Centre to include Kalahandi as one of the ‘Worst Maoist Affected District’ and include Angul in the list of Security Related Expenditure (SRE) districts, said sources.
Similarly, the State Government has reiterated its demand for more deployment of forces as uneven deployment of Central forces is posing a problem in border zones.
While Chhattisgarh has 45 Battalions of CAPFs, Jharkhand has 25 Battalions, Odisha has only 17 Battalions of CRPF, BSF and CoBRA Jawans deployed in the Maoist affected districts.
This mismatch has to be corrected to as the ultras are equally targeting these three States and want to improve their presence by creating a separate corridor for safe passage, pointed out a senior official.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also expressed displeasure over the State not being given adequate Central forces for deployment in Red zones.

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