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Centre Agrees to Deploy 5 New CRPF Battalions in Maoist-Hit Bastar

CM Baghel wrote a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah

Accepting the demand of the Chhattisgarh government, the Union Ministry of Home agreed to deploy five extra battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Bastar region, officials said on Monday.

The officials said that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, in September 2020, wrote a letter to Union home minister Amit Shah and urged him for deployment of seven battalions of (CRPF) in Bastar region sanctioned in 2018 and also for installation of mobile towers.

“Taking cognizance of the demand, the union home minister has decided to send five battalions as soon as possible,” said a senior official.

The official further stated that CM Baghel wrote a letter to home minister Amit Shah, on November 12, and thanked him for accepting the demand and also made some suggestions to eradicate Maoism from Bastar region.

“Out of the seven additional CRPF battalions allocated to the state in 2018, five battalions were immediately directed to be deployed in the Bastar region. As per the information, a special recruitment rally for Indian Army is being considered in Bastar division in March 2021 to provide employment opportunities to the youth of Bastar while giving them a chance to render a national service. With your kind initiative on both of these subjects, we will reach a decisive edge in the anti-Naxal campaign,” Baghel stated in his letter.

The officials posted in Bastar claimed that the impact of the five newly-deployed battalions would be incumbent on the speed and safety with which Bastar police assist in their induction in the designated places.

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