CRPF camps in their den, Naxals hit back with IEDs

NEW DELHI: The IED attack by Naxals on a CRPF vehicle, which led to the death of nine personnel in Sukma on Tuesday afternoon, happened in a territory which was ‘uncharted’ by any security force till now. But recently the CRPF had opened permanent camps there to carry out coordinated, intelligence based ‘surgical strikes’ against the red ultras.

In the last one month, CRPF is learnt to have opened four to five permanent camps in three Naxal hotbeds– the1,200 square km long Bastar-Sukma region, 2,000 sq km AOB (Andhra Odisha border) and the 4,500 sq km Abujmaad forest area. The reason for the new camps was that the force didn’t want its troops to travel several kilometres back to headquarters after operations or area domination exercises.

On Tuesday too, CRPF’s elite CoBRA commandos had averted an ambush around 8 am in Palodi area, which is close to Andhra-Telangana border, but another team of 212th battalion, which was moving in a convoy of motorcycles and two…

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