Special Task Force Formed to Tackle Maoists

In an attempt to jointly deal with Naxalism, the Maoists-infested states, including Jharkhand and Maharashtra, have formed a special task force, said a senior West Bengal police officer.

He said that as many as 30 police officers have been selected by these states for the special task force to deal with the Maoist problem.

The states include West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and some other Maoist-hit states.

The police official said that all the 30 cops have been provided a month-long training at Ghatsila in Jharkhand and that trainers include among others some foreign army officials, who have experience in tackling guerrilla warfare.

Of the 30 officers selected for the task force, four are from West Bengal, he said.

“The force would be named soon and it will be pressed into action as and when the training programme is completed,” Director General of Police of West Bengal Bhupinder Singh said.

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