Bihar is now free from Left Wing Extremism, said the director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Kuldiep Singh, on Wednesday. He said that while Maosists may have some presence in the form of extortion gangs, there is no place in the eastern state where the rebel outfit is dominating. Singh said
Singh, who addressed a press conference on successes achieved by security forces against Left Wing Extremism, said there is no place in Bihar and Jharkhand that is impenetrable.
“We can say that now Bihar is Naxal free. They may have a presence in the form of extortion gangs, but there is no place in Bihar where Naxals have domination. There is no place in Bihar and Jharkhand where forces cannot reach,” he was quoted as saying by news a.
The CRPF DG said through three special operations – ‘Operation Octopus’, ‘Operation Thunderstorm’ and ‘Operation Bulbul’ – launched since April this year, the security forces have freed Burha Pahad along the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border from the control of the rebels.
“Burha Pahad was dominated by Naxals for past 32 years. A permanent base has been set-up there in last two days under Operation Octopus and troops have been sent there through helicopter,” he said.
Singh said the incidents of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) have come down significantly. “There have been 77% reduction. In 2009, it was at an all-time high of 2258, which has come down to 509 at present. Death rate has come down by 85%,” he added.
(With inputs from agencies)
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