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WB: Nagaland armed police to be withdrawn from Maoist hotbed

GUWAHATI, NOV 24 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 11/24/2019 12:11:18 PM IST

Six companies of the Nagaland Armed Police deployed in Ayodhya hills in Purulia district of West Bengal will be withdrawn as the Naga-peace-talks between the Centre and the Naga groups have reached the final stage. This has been done to beef up Nagaland’s internal security.

A recent MHA order asked the West Bengal government to release the six companies as they would be re-deployed in Nagaland ahead of the signing of the Naga-peace accord.

MHA sources informed that the six companies will head back to Nagaland by December second week. “The MHA has asked the CRPF to re-deploy in the Ayodhya hills in consultation with the state,” informed a senior MHA official.

On the other hand, the West Bengal Government has requested the MHA to reconsider its decision to withdraw the Naga troops from the Ayodhya hills, which is known as a Maoist corridor joining Jharkhand and Odisha.

The Ayodhya Hills was once the hotbed of Maoists and it housed a 34-member platoon of elite People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) members – the military component of CPI (Maoists).

As a part of Indian Reserve Battalion, the Nagaland Armed Police troopers were deployed in the Ayodhya Hills in 2009.

Joint operations were launched in 2009 in Junglemahal – Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts.

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