Chhattisgarh to strengthen anti Maoist forces

July 14th, 2008 - 4:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, July 14 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government is to set up two more India Reserve Battalions (IRB) to strengthen anti-Maoist forces in the state, a senior official said Monday. “The state assembly passed a supplementary budget last week that provides Rs.69 crore (Rs.690 million) for modernisation of police forces including setting up of two IRB battalions,” inspector general of police Girdhari Nayak, who heads the state’s Maoist operations, told IANS.

“Out of Rs.69 crore, Rs.14 crore will be spent on setting up IRB 15th and 16th battalions with total 2,014 posts already sanctioned,” the officer said.

The police department will also be setting up a police post in Maoist-affected area of Teregaon in Rajnandgaon district bordering Maharashtra with initial 23 policemen strength, for which Rs.1.8 million would be spent.

Police officials say that majority of the new recruitments will be posted in Maoist-affected areas, mainly the state’s southern Bastar region, to overcome police personnel shortage in forested interiors where the Maoists have held sway for about three decades.

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