- BSF arrested 1650 Maoists in ten years
- 1473 weapons, 958 landmines and 3,176 kg of gunpowder seized
Raipur: In the last one decade, 38 Border Security Force personnel have been martyred in Chhattisgarh and Odisha. These BSF jawans have given martyrdom during the anti-Naxal operation in both these Naxal-affected states. In a press conference in the capital Raipur on Monday, Additional Director General of BSF Rajwinder Singh Bhatti told that 38 BSF personnel deployed in operations against Naxalites in Chhattisgarh and Odisha have been martyred in the last decade.
Bhatti said that BSF was deployed in Chhattisgarh and Odisha in 2009-10 for anti-Maoist operations, the main objective of which was to assist the state police in the Naxal operation, to strengthen the sense of security in the minds of the local citizens and to fight the Naxal-affected areas. To cooperate in development works. The BSF has arrested 1650 Maoists and killed 18 Maoists in these ten years, the official said.
At the same time, 891 Maoists have been forced to surrender. He said that during this period, the BSF has seized 1473 arms, 958 landmines and 3,176 kg of gunpowder. Last year in 2021, BSF seized 15 weapons and 54 landmines. Bhatti said that the BSF has been helping the police-administration in Chhattisgarh and Odisha to deal with the Naxal problem for more than a decade.
Presently BSF is deployed in Kanker, Narayanpur and Kondagaon districts of Chhattisgarh and Malkangiri and Koraput districts of Odisha. He said that in 2009-10, BSF started from 41 Company Operating Bases (COBs) in Chhattisgarh and Odisha which has increased to 108. In the last two years, eight new COBs have been established in Chhattisgarh and six new COBs in Odisha.
The BSF has provided security support in the construction of 196 mobile phone towers in Chhattisgarh and Odisha, despite fierce opposition and threat from Naxalites, the official said. Out of these, 91 mobile phone towers are located in Kanker and Narayanpur districts of Chhattisgarh. At the same time, 105 mobile phone towers have been installed in Malkangiri and Koraput districts of Odisha.
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