Applying new strategy in anti-Maoist operations: CRPF DG

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Raipur, April 26 (IANS) In the wake of death of 25 CRPF men in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the force’s acting chief Sudeep Lakhtakia on Wednesday said a new strategy in anti-Maoist operations will be adopted and mistakes analysed.

“We are changing the tactics and applying new strategy in Bastar region (Maoist-hit district in Chhattisgarh) while focusing on anti-Maoist operations and also analysing the mistakes,” Lakhtakia, an Additional Director General-rank Indian Police Service officer, said at a press conference.

He said the Maoists attacked the CRPF men making a shield of villagers and caused huge loss to the force.

Lakhtakia and senior security adviser in the Home Ministry K. Vijay Kumar are acting in a close coordination with CRPF officers in Sukma district to ensure future course of action against Maoists.

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The officer said Monday’s attack did not affect the morale of the CRPF troopers but they are rather more aggressive and ready to give a befitting reply to the Maoists.

Around 300-400 heavily armed Maoists attacked a 99-member CRPF unit, providing security to a road construction team, on Monday afternoon, killing 25 and injuring six troopers.

–IANS

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