Focus now on preventing, countering Maoist retaliation

Focus now on preventing, countering Maoist retaliation

As many as 39 Maoists were killed in twin encounters in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on April 22-23.

The police machinery and intelligence wing in Maharashtra are now focussing on a massive combing operation to prevent retaliation by Maoists days after 39 ultras were killed in twin encounters in Gadchiroli district.

A senior officer, who has worked for long in the intelligence wing and handled the Maoist issue, said that the initial focus should be to protect the informants involved in the operation.

"Maoists have a strong network and hence it is essential that the assets are safe," he said.

According to him, Maoists will try to hit back, for revenge or to boost the morale of their followers or both.

"Security at soft targets like police posts in isolated areas, residential places of cops, their family quarters, training centres and camps needs to be beefed up," he said, adding that cops travelling unarmed in 'mufti' while on leave or in individual capacity need to take care.

"Intelligence, including electronic surveillance, should be aimed at a wider sphere as Maoists hit squads are likely to be imported from adjoining states," the official pointed out.

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