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29 Maoists Killed in Massive Chhattisgarh Encounter

  • 17 Apr 2024
  • 3 min read

Why in News?

According to the sources, in one of the largest operations by security forces in Chhattisgarh,29 Naxalites have been killed in the Kanker area.

Key Points

  • Before this, Greyhound commandos had eliminated 30 Naxalites in an operation in 2016.
    • In another operation in 2021, top Naxal leader along with 25 others was eliminated.
  • On April 16, a search operation by a joint team of Kanker District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Border Security Force (BSF) was launched in the Chhottebetiya police station limit area in Kanker district.
    • There was an exchange of fire between Maoists and security forces near Binagunda-Koragutta jungles of the Chhottebetiya Police station area.

The Greyhounds

  • It is an elite anti-Maoist force raised in 1989 by IPS officer K.S. Vyas to combat the growing Maoist threat in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The members are well-trained in guerilla and jungle warfare.
  • Members of the force cannot be over 35 years.
  • Once they cross 35, they are drafted into the civil police until retirement.
  • This special police force became the root cause for the downfall of Left Wing Extremism in Andhra Pradesh.
  • It also inspired other similar forces to fight the Maoists.

Naxalism in India

  • The term Naxalism derives its name from the village Naxalbari of West Bengal.
  • It originated as rebellion against local landlords who bashed a peasant over a land dispute. The rebellion was initiated in 1967, with an objective of rightful redistribution of the land to working peasants under the leadership of Kanu Sanyal and Jagan Santhal.
  • Started in West Bengal, the movement has spread across Eastern India; in less developed areas of states such as Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
  • It is considered that Naxals support Maoist political sentiments and ideology.
    • Maoism is a form of communism developed by Mao Tse Tung. It is a doctrine to capture State power through a combination of armed insurgency, mass mobilization and strategic alliances.
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