After 25 CRPF (Central Reserved Police Force) men were killed in a Naxal ambush in Sukma, the government will soon arm security forces with advanced aerial surveillance equipment like foliage penetration radar, besides bullet and mine protected vehicles to fight Naxals.
Maoists operate from thick forests in Chhattisgarh and other affected areas, making it difficult for the security forces to track their movements.
HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
- Security forces often face difficulties in gathering intelligence through unmanned aerial vehicles which can't penetrate upto ground level in forest area where the Maoists operate. However, a foliage penetration radar could get ground movements of the Naxals as the machine can click pictures even through densely forested areas.
- A senior Home Ministry official said foliage penetration radar is the need of the hour and the government was looking for its procurement as early as possible.
- The official said only a few companies produce foliage penetration radars globally and hence a move has to be initiated to scout for such manufacturers as early as possible.
- The move comes following the killing of 25 CRPF personnel in a dense forest in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh by Naxals on Monday.
- The Centre tonight said it was in the process of procuring nearly 250 bullet and mine protected vehicles for use by the security forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh.
- It also said 45,000 central paramilitary personnel and 20,000 state policemen were deployed in Bastar region, which saw maximum Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh.
- As many as 58 mine-protected vehicles are available in Chhattisgarh to the paramilitary forces and 30 are under process for procurement through the Ordnance Factories Board. 42 bullet-proof vehicles are also available and 210 bullet-protected vehicles are under process for procurement.
- As compared to an average of 30 Naxals killed every year, 135 Maoists were neutralised in 2016 which is three times the number of police personnel killed.
- Even this year, 32 Naxals have been killed so far which is more than the average annual killings of Naxals before 2015.