The CRPF is all set to deploy 2,000 commandos from its elite CoBRA force in and around Sukma in Chattisgarh to fight Maoists.
A top official privy to the paramilitary developments has said that a blueprint has been prepared to mobilize at least 20 to 25 companies of CoBRA to Sukma from their present locations in West Bengal, Bihar, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.
The official commented,
The CoBRA does operations based only on intelligence inputs and has been raised as a team of highly-trained commandos who neutralise the enemy and destroy their hideouts with minimal collateral damage. The CoBRA teams will specifically be used to increase the kill ratio of the forces and deliver heavy blow to the Naxals TCOC campaign.
The Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC) is launched by Maoists every year to kill security forces and loot their weapons, attacking either when they are out on a patrol or deployed in rugged terrain for protection duties.
The home ministry has expressed its inability to deploy more personnel to such states and the Center has asked to improve the quality of operations to reduce the number of causalities. The official revealed,
In the present circumstances where there are no regular battalions to spare and operations by them have faced reverses, it is the CoBRA that will pave the way. They will undertake special operations to decimate the Maoist’ manpower and firepower.
Some battalions of CoBRA will be re-deployed to the Bastar region to target Maoists.