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WB plans to deploy Naga IR
Published on 19 Sep. 2010 1:24 AM IST
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West Bengal has plans to deploy the Nagaland Indian Reserve Battalion ( IRB) - said to be equally adept at laying ambushes as breaking out of them - in the Ayodhya Hills of Purulia where the Maoists might try to lie low after suffering body blows in recent weeks.
The rebels have a sudden problem of local leadership after Sidhu Soren and Umakanto Mahato were gunned down and Manoj Mahato and Bapi Mahato were arrested, the Times News Network reported Saturday. The Naga Battalion will be a big boost to forces in Jangalmahal. There were reports of information being leaked from police ranks to Maoists. The West Midnapore SP identified some policemen and pulled them out of the operational zone, say sources. Once the Nagas are in, it will be difficult for Maoists to set up links with them, language being one of the obvious barriers, said an officer.
The Centre will review the operational strategy of joint forces in Bengal since a considerable section of the force is likely to be withdrawn for election duty in Bihar. A large chunk of the Maoists are reported to have moved from Bengal to Bihar ahead of the assembly polls but the Bengal government has refused to let go of the CRPF units deployed in Jangalmahal. In fact, it is getting more central forces — the ambush-expert Nagas and possibly BSF as well.

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